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Holly - Nellie Stevens / Size 2
Nellie Stevens Holly

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 3/29/21
*Average Plant Shipping Size : 14" - 18" tall / Gallon size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $10.95

Product Code: HOLNRS2

Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Overall Description

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

--Mature Height : 15 - 25 ft

--Mature Width : 7 - 12 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - will do well in semi shaded locations also. Growth rate & foliage density will be slightly decreased in fairly shaded locations.

--Soil Preference :
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.

--Recommended Spacing :
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 a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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