Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

(Nellie Stevens Holly)


$299.99


Hardiness Zones:

 6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Nellie R. Stevens’ is a hybrid between I. aquifolium and I. cornuta. It typically grows as a large broadleaf evergreen shrub with dense, conical form to 15-25’ tall and 8-12’ wide. It also can be trained to grow as a small tree. Oblong, glossy, dark green leaves (to 4” long) have spiny margins (typically 2-3 spines per side). Small greenish-white flowers appear in spring (April), but are generally inconspicuous. Flowers give way to often abundant amounts of berry-like bright red fruits (to 1/3” diameter) which ripen in fall and persist into winter.

Description

Grow in organically rich, slightly acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prune in winter if needed. Ilex ‘Edward J. Stevens’ and Ilex cornuta males reportedly will serve as good pollinators for this female plant. However, ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ can bear some fruit without fertilization from a male pollinator because it is parthenocarpic (from Greek parthenos meaning virgin and karpos meaning fruit). This plant has better heat tolerance than many of the hollies, and is a good selection for hot southern areas.

Additional information

Common Name

Nellie Stevens Holly

Botanical Name

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Container/Amount

25 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

15 to 25 ft.

Width

8-12 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

Berry Color

red

Fall Color

green

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