Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
This holly is actually a hybrid between Ilex cornuta and Ilex aquifolium. It has a broad, pyramidal growth habit with lustrous, dark green leaves with 2 or 3 teeth on each side. One of the faster growing hollies, as well as one of the heaviest fruiters. Very commonly used in many landscapes due to its prolific berry production, and hardiness. Makes an excellent, screen, border, or can even be used in taller hedge situations too. Or simply plant singly for use as a wonderfully colorful specimen tree - especially during the winter months.
Plant Facts & Specifications
15 - 25 ft
7 - 12 ft
Moderate to fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )
6 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Full to partial sun - will do well in semi shaded locations also. Growth rate & foliage density will be slightly decreased in fairly shaded locations.
Average to slightly acidic - prefers well drained soils
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen broadleaf - very glossy, dark green foliage with 5 - 6 spines on each leaf typically. Leaves are approximately 3" long by about 1 1/2" wide at maturity. Texture is rather rigid, with leaves being quite thick & stiff.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Berries - Excellent producer of bright red berries in winter. Berries begin forming in mid to late spring as green in color, and then begin to ripen ( turn red ) in fall. This variety is a self pollinating Holly - no male / female clones required......however, berry production can be increased or maximized by utilizing either Edward J Stevens Holly ( male clone ), or most Chinese Holly ( Ilex cornuta ) male clones as well.
--Diseases / Insects:
Several minor problems have been observed on Nellie Stevens - but none that occur often, or on a regular basis. Problems noted include: Scale infestation, cankers, root rot, leaf spot, nematodes, spittlebugs, and holly looper.
5 - 6 ft apart recommended for most typical privacy screen, or border plantings. Spacing can vary slightly depending upon site specific characteristics such as: Sun exposure, area of the country, soil composition, etc.
--Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas for use with all of evergreen species. However, either water soluble (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.
--Recommended Planting Instructions:
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--Packing & Shipping Info:
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Additional Features & Characteristics:
--Occasional Trimming Recommended:
Nellie Stevens Holly responds very well to trimming, and can be maintained in a wide variety of shapes & sizes through occasional trimming ( usually once or twice a year ).
--Handle With Care:
Has extremely sharp, pointy, or prickly foliage - can be difficult to handle