Holly tree issue

Asked May 15, 2018, 3:17 PM EDT

We love our holly tree and want to keep it. The holly has developed a hole with bark missing in one of its larger limbs. Not sure if it's disease or an age problem or due to a harsh winter. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. Should I call an arborist? If an arborist is needed, do you recommend anyone to take a look? Should we cut the limb? Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland holly trees

6 Responses

Is it possible for you to attach digital photos of the problem? In general, it is recommended to prune dead or damaged limbs of trees. Calling an arborist is a good idea for an onsite evaluation of the situation. If the limb needs to be removed it is best to have an arborist do it. To find one in your area go to the following website, http://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist


Hello again,

Here's photo of the holly tree with the problem on one large branch.

Thank you in advance for any other suggestions or info.


I forgot to add this important question:
Should the branch be removed now or should we wait until the fall?
At any rate, I will fertilize the tree and make sure it does not get too dry.

Thanks again,

Bonnie Moisan

We cannot get a good idea of what is going on with the trunk. It looks like there may be multiple trunks. We recommend that you contact several certified arborists for an onsite evaluation regarding the health of the tree and the best way to proceed regarding pruning, timing, etc.


Thank you for your time and information.


Bonnie Moisan