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Nellie Stevens Holly Tree

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$41.95
  • Fast growing and dense evergreen with tiny white flowers in spring
  • Matures to 15-25' H x 10-15' W
  • Hardy in USDA Zones: 6 - 9
  • Plant in full sun location
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Description

Need Privacy Planting Quick?

Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex) is a fast-growing, dense evergreen shrub that can grow up to three feet per year. Sporting a natural pyramidal shape, you won't have to break out your pruning shears to maintain its naturally dense habit.

In spring, tiny green-white flowers begin to bloom but are not the highlight of this shrub. In the winter, bright red berries appear in the fall and persist throughout the winter.

Caring for Your Holly

Nellie Stevens Hollies prefer part sun to part shade, preferably early morning to midday sun and not the harsher sun of early afternoon. Compared to other hollies and evergreens, Nellie Stevens does better in shade than full sun. They work well under existing canopies and will grow with the same speed in full shade.

If planting Nellie Stevens in drier regions of the country, you'll need to regularly water your plant in the first year or 2 as it establishes. This ilex requires moderate watering but is capable of surviving mild droughts once it's established. If droughts or long spells of heat are common in your area, consider adding an irrigation system for your hedge to ensure it gets the water it needs.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Nellie R. Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens As a Privacy Hedge

As a living wall, Nellie Stevens shines bright. Its dense habit and quick growth rate make it ideal to not only block out eyesores but also suppress sound. Space this holly 5-6 feet apart to create a dense habit that will shield your yard for years to come!

Nellie Stevens On the Corner of Your House

Use Nellie Stevens to bookend your house and add a lush evergreen element that won't dull in color and produces loads of berries in the winter that provide a wonderful seasonal look. As an accent, you can
always rely on a tidy shape and a dense habit to build a foundation around your landscape.

  • Scientific Name
    Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Fast Growth, Shade Tolerant
  • Feature Color
    Green, Red
  • Uses
    Hedge, Privacy Planting
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    -

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 6-9

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Nellie Stevens Holly Tree

$41.95

Need Privacy Planting Quick?

Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex) is a fast-growing, dense evergreen shrub that can grow up to three feet per year. Sporting a natural pyramidal shape, you won't have to break out your pruning shears to maintain its naturally dense habit.

In spring, tiny green-white flowers begin to bloom but are not the highlight of this shrub. In the winter, bright red berries appear in the fall and persist throughout the winter.

Caring for Your Holly

Nellie Stevens Hollies prefer part sun to part shade, preferably early morning to midday sun and not the harsher sun of early afternoon. Compared to other hollies and evergreens, Nellie Stevens does better in shade than full sun. They work well under existing canopies and will grow with the same speed in full shade.

If planting Nellie Stevens in drier regions of the country, you'll need to regularly water your plant in the first year or 2 as it establishes. This ilex requires moderate watering but is capable of surviving mild droughts once it's established. If droughts or long spells of heat are common in your area, consider adding an irrigation system for your hedge to ensure it gets the water it needs.

Pot size

  • 2.4 Gallon
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