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Nellie R Stevens Holly

The Nellie Stevens Holly tree (Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens') is a cross between the English holly (I. aquifolium) and the Chinese holly (I. cornuta). This Holly is a low maintenance tree that tolerates shade, sun, salt, pollution, and drought. This hardy bush-like tree is adaptable and versatile in the landscape.

The Nellie R Stevens Holly has naturally dense foliage and a broad pyramidal shape. The evergreen leaves are shiny with a deep green color. This holly tree produces petite white flowers in the spring that become an abundance of red berries in fall and winter. The berries emerge orange-red in later summer. Nellie Stevens Hollies grow to 25 feet tall and about 10 feet wide.

Pro Tip: All Nellie Stevens Hollies are self-pollinating and therefore produce berries. No worries of male and female plants! No pollinator required!

Nellie R. Stevens Holly Tree Care

Growing Zones
Plant this holly in growing zones 6 to 9.
The Stevens Holly grows in full sun to part shade is adaptable to any well draining soil. Hollies do prefer acidic soils.
Water deeply with a hose about twice per week for the first 2 to 3 months. Once established, holly trees are very drought tolerant. In extended hot and dry periods water deeply once per week for optimal growth.
Feed your Nellie Stevens Holly tree in early spring with a balanced slow release fertilizer or for soils that may need an acidic boost try Espoma Holly-Tone.
Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch extending out a few inches farther than the root zone. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and reduce hand watering needs. We also recommend applying mulch for the winter months in zone 6 to help protect the roots from extreme temperatures.
Nellie Stevens don't require pruning, but they tolerate it well if you prefer to keep them a certain size or shape. If extremely heavy pruning is required hold off until late winter or early spring.

Nellie R. Stevens Holly Tree Care

With a rapid growth rate of 2 to 3 feet per year the Nellie Stevens makes for an excellent fast growing privacy hedge. Space your trees 5 to 6 feet apart for a dense privacy screen. Allow your trees to grow naturally or trim to maintain a certain height or shape. Pruning the top of your Nellie Stevens hollies may actually help your screen fill in faster as top pruning tends to increase growth widthwise.

For additional privacy tree options, Be sure to check out our Thuja Green Giant, Leyland Cypress or our Privacy Tree Collection

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