Nellie R. Stevens Holly

Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'

One of the most attractive of all hollies. Vigorous grower with dense branches, it makes an excellent tall screen. Bears abundant, large, bright orange-red berries that add dashes of color to the lustrous, dark evergreen foliage. Creates an impressive statement in the landscape when planted in groups, used as a large background plant or specimen. Male Chinese hollies are useful planted nearby as pollenizers. Full to partial sun. Evergreen. Strong growth 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
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Botanical PronunciationI-leks
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage and berries.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBarrier, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureOutstanding Evergreen Shrub

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.

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