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Nellie R. Stevens Holly - 'Ilex x Nellie R. Stevens'

The Nellie R. Stevens holly is a broadleaf evergreen that is known for its hardiness and resilient growing nature. As a beautiful evergreen holly used in various landscapes, it is described as self pollinating, meaning it does not necessarily require a male pollinator to produce berries, as with other hollies. Although not necessarily required, other male hollies, if used as pollinators, can help the Nellie R. Stevens holly produce more spectacular berries in greater quantities. With its sweet smell when in flower and is attractive nature to bees and butterflies, Nellie hollies have lustrous, dark green leaves and abundant bright red berries that attract birds. First released by G.A. Van-Lennep, Jr., St. Michael, MD. in 1954 and named for the owner, Nellie R. Stevens, Oxford, MD., its leaves are among the darkest of any holly. Vigorous and fast-growing, this holly quickly grows into an attractive, broad pyramidally-shaped evergreen, 20 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide.
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Common Name: Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Type: Broadleaf Evergreen
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Leaves are lustrous dark green, slightly bullate, with 2 or 3 teeth on each side.
Size: 20 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide
Hardiness: Zone 6 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Habit: Densely pyramidal, low-branching, stately evergreen shrub; generally distinctly columnar-pyramidal but some trees become as wide as tall.
Rate: Relatively fast growing
Diseases & Insects: Essentially problem free.
Landscape Value: Specimen plant and extremely popular because of its self-pollinating ability
Soil Preference: Soil should be rich, porous, acidulous and well drained. Tolerates high soil moisture levels, but does not tolerate inundation.
Care: Water regularly after initial planting and prune as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.
Fertilization: Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.

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Interested in purchasing Nellie Stevens Holly cuttings?
This product can only be shipped during the Winter and Spring shipping season

We offer Nellie Stevens Holly cuttings in packages of 5, 10, and 40 plants for $30, $55, and $120 respectively. For further information regarding planting procedure and technique, please visit We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111 and DO NOT ship plants west of the Rocky Mountains.

We do have balled and burlap trees available in wholesale quantities. Please call with the size and quantity that you are interested in, and we will provide you with a quote. Wholesale orders are shipped dependent upon the customer's needs.

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