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Evergreen holly (Ilex x meserveae varieties such as 'Blue Princess', 'China Girl', 'Blue Boy' etc.) should be green, not brown. The cold killed leaves and branches of many of these plants this winter.
(Go figure: Plants we've seen hurt in milder winters than this, came through just fine. Take a look at our example Japanese maple, then compare it to twigs from your tree.)
For the holly and other winter-damaged shrubs and trees: Determine what's dead and cut it out sooner rather than later.
*gauge this shrub's growth rate
...have come through the coldest winter on record with zero dieback. See? The twigs scratch green and moist, and a look inside even the tip-top buds reveals nothing but lively green.
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