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Old 08-13-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Dig up the dead/dying ones - any issues with the roots?
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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Could be phytophthora root rot. I had it on a couple of my Sky Pencil hollies and they both gradually lost limbs until the whole plant was dead.

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/plantpath/a...rown%20Rot.pdf
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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We have had the same issues over the years with this type of holly. IDK what type they are, but we call them "construction bushes" since that's what the builders put in.
Love the name "construction bushes" because we have them and so do the neighbors placed the builder in identical spots! One of mine has a branch that is dying too.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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Could be phytophthora root rot. I had it on a couple of my Sky Pencil hollies and they both gradually lost limbs until the whole plant was dead.

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/plantpath/a...rown%20Rot.pdf

After reading this .pdf and researching a bit more, I suspect phytophthora root rot. The description of the slow death of a bush with phytophthora root rot, seems to be what happened to my bushes.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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After reading this .pdf and researching a bit more, I suspect phytophthora root rot. The description of the slow death of a bush with phytophthora root rot, seems to be what happened to my bushes.
The only cure is to dig 'em up and burn 'em. Then dig out all the dirt that was there and replace it with clean stuff before you plant anything else. Just to be safe, I wouldn't put anything in the holly family back in that spot.
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:58 AM
 
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It's either one of two things: Phytophthora (which is very likely due to the wet weather) or voles. Voles feed on plant roots or, aboveground, at the bases of plants.
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