• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Outstanding Evergreen Shrub
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage and berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage and berries.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasA vigorous grower, this Holly's huge proportions place it in the tree category, either shaped into a spreading semi-formal canopy or encouraged to grow vertical as a specimen. Line up several for a durable evergreen windbreak. Both prickly and dense, it's a security barrier and privacy screen. Produces berries if provided a male Chinese Holly.
    Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil, but highly adaptable; avoid heavy, wet soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Nellie R. Stevens is a hybrid between English, or common holly (Ilex aquifolium) and Burford Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii').

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