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  1. #1

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    Question about moving a holly tree

    I am wanting to move an 8 foot holly tree that is growing wild in the forest area of my property. I was doing some reading about them when I came across this link and specifically the quote from it below-

    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics...ilex/opaca.htm

    When wild hollies are transplanted from the woods, tops should be severely pruned and most of the remaining leaves removed
    Can anyone enlighten me as to why this would be necessary or even helpful?

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    Oak
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    RE: Question about moving a holly tree

    I am guessing that because of the tap root that such growth is dependent upon, by removing that growth/leaves, it will help what is left of roots to provide water/nutrients to the leaves that are going to regrow (replacements, per se).

    When leaves are removed and terminal growth cut-off, it triggers a chemical/hormone to be sent back down to the roots and new roots are 'triggered' which send a different chemical back *up* tree to make new leaves/terminal leader(s) . Very much an oversimplification, but by doing as recommended, it kinda kick-starts the tree to regrow with a vigor unlike it had before the roots were disturbed... Make sense there? I am happy to go into more detail - but I would have to look it up... I'll see if I can find it shortly, but that's the essence. A way of reprogramming the innards chemical pathways/directions so tree does not try to support itself as accustomed prior to hacking off its life-support system (*that* make sense??)

    See if this helps you http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/pruning2.htm

    Alex

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