Nellie Stevens Holly
|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained|
|Mature Height||20-30 Feet|
|Mature Width||10-15 Feet|
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, OR|
Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Nellie Stevens Holly. As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.
Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt just about any well draining soil. After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months. After Hollies are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells. Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broad leaf evergreens. The Nellie Stevens Holly doesn't require pruning, but they tolerate it well if you prefer to keep them a certain size. Heavy pruning is best reserved for late winter or early spring.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Nellies rarely have issues with pests or disease, but here are a few issues that occasionally affect Hollies. Mites and scale can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended. Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.
The Nellie Stevens Holly Tree is a great tree for anchoring the sides of your home. It is a very popular tree because it has many uses in the landscape. This Holly is perfect for a privacy screen. If planted in a group they will grow together making a lovely hedge. This holly tree can also be planted by itself as an accent tree.
Plant one Nellie Stevens on each side of the front of your home. It will anchor each side and will even make your home look larger. Add some kaleidoscope abelia around each tree for a even more colorful landscape design.
For additional options, be sure to browse our Thuja Green Giant as well as our Evergreen tree, Privacy hedge and Privacy tree collection.