What is this shrub

Asked June 18, 2020, 3:54 PM EDT

I'd like to know what kind of shrub this is, and if and when i can give it a hard pruning. I'd like to cut it back by a third or half. I'm pretty sure it's not deciduous. Thank you for any info. I've sent two photos.

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

This is a beautiful holly. Hollies tolerate pruning well, but you'll want to do it in early spring just before new growth starts to come out. That way, the bare wood is more quickly covered with new growth.

Read here for helpful tips: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pruning-shrubs-and-hedges