3 Holly Trees to cut down

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Forum topic by ATateNJ posted 05-09-2013 07:34 PM 1657 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 07:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: holly trees

I have 3 Holly Trees that are right on my house and produce tons of holy leaves that fall all over the backard (right in a seating and high traffic area) and they gotta go.

I was told that this wood is in high demand and valuable but I am not a wood worker so right now, it is just an nuisance.

A. Anyone here from Northern, NJ interested in some of the wood?
B. I noticed there is a certain time of year to cut this type of tree down, can anyone confirm that?

Totally appreciate any feedback.



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#1 posted 05-09-2013 07:39 PM

To be at its best holly should be as white as possible.
I think that means harvesting in winter when the sap is down.
Don’t take my word for it, someone will confirm … or there’s always Google.

I’d love some of the wood but I’m a little far away.

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 08:07 PM

I picked up some Holly this past fall, and the fall is when it should be cut and milled to dry. I still got some staining in the wood from the tree, but mostly it is in pretty good shape. In the spring-time, I can see the staining / sap ruining the wood for any wood-working process.

Unless it was cut-down, sawed up, and put into the kiln in the same day, I would expect lots of green stain this time of year.

Try to wait till the fall, how large are the tree’s? Aything under 9” in diameter really isn’t worth much. I paid 35$ for a 9” diameter tree, and it was about 14 ft long and about 4-5” at the end of that length. Give you an idea of what a major metro area can offer for a tree that size in the species you have.

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 10:39 PM

Holly does indeed need to be cut down in the dead of winter to help avoid the grey streaks that develop during drying; it also needs to be milled right away for the same reason. It is a wild wood, willing to cup, warp, and crack just because it wants to; but what is left will be nice and white, and desirable to many fine woodworkers. Good luck with it!

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