Should I top this American Holly tree?

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by Mxrider52, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If the owner likes the tree it could be cut down and allowed to resprout. Pick a good stem and remove the rest. Pruning every few years will be enough to control the size.
     
  2. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Lots of comments to take in. Yes the tree is on my property so there no lawsuits or anything like that waiting to happen. I enjoy the tree here next to the windows as it blocks the view into the windows for people coming down the road. Just from looking at the tree it appeared to been getting top heavy as the top is starting to spread apart and I know someone mentioned about the snow on the tree causing sagging but actually the tree looks like that all the time. The tree is on the north east side of the house. I think the house actually helps keep alot of the wind off the tree. The tree splits into the 2 trunks at about 6-7 ft up.

    Right at the moment I just dont want to cut the tree down. We enjoy looking at the tree and having it here. The tree is 15 years old or so I think. We had just bought the house last year but I grew up with the original owners son so know the place very well. If I was to just cut off 10ft of the tree to eleiminate most of the weight. How would the tree handle it? I have heard these trees are very tolerant to cutting.
     
  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Your emotional attachment for this tree is incredible.
    Just make sure your home owners policy is paid up.
    I really do hope you have no future problems with regard to your tree.
    easy-lift guy
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  4. dude just get rid of it.
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  5. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If it looks like that normally it might be a dahoon holly. When you cut down most trees the regrowth is vigorous. I cut down a maple that had storm damage about 6 years ago and let it come back. It is now larger than another maple (they matched) across the yard. It grew about 6 feet a year.
     
  6. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey you might be quite right about it being a dahon holly.I googled dahon holly and found a image comparing all the different leaves of hollys. I was trying to zoom in on a picture of the leaves I had to see what the leaf looked like and it does look like a dahon holly leaf. From what I remember the leaves did not have the prickly tips and from the size comparisons I think you are right it a dahon holly. Is there any different care for them?
     
  7. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think they can tolerate a little more water. Growth habit of dahoon is pretty distinctive, that's what I guessed on.
     
  8. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
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    You can take the top out no problem tree is not big enough to ever cause major damage to home especially if you take top out
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  9. Mxrider52

    Mxrider52 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
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    Yea that is what I am saying. I am not worried about home damage from it splitting or anything. It close enough to house if it was to split it would just brush the house anyways. It would never gain enough speed to damage anything. Maybe put a dent in the gutter but that would be it. I think I am just going to top it down to the gutter line and call it that for now and then trim it every year.
     
  10. 711SnoPro

    711SnoPro LawnSite Member
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    If you're going to top it just take it down...
     

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