Nellie R Stevens Holly

Nellie R Stevens Holly has lustrous, dark green leaves and abundant fruit production. Leaves are among the darkest of any plant. This plant gives your landscape a stately neat appearance. Nellie Stevens makes an excellent screen and serves and a wonderful evergreen backdrop for other plantings.

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Buy Nellie R Stevens HollyDescription

Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
Growth Habit: Fast growing pyramidal evergreen shrub.
Foliage: Dark evergreen leaves.
Mature Height: 15-20 feet.
Mature Width: 10 feet.
Parthenocarpic: self pollinating and does not require a pollinator to bear fruit
Spacing: Wind or privacy screen 5 to 6 feet apart.
Growth Rate: Fast; up to 3 feet per year once well established.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil Conditions: Prefers deep well-drained soil; adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions.
Resistant: Disease.
Tolerances: Shade and drought
Pruning/Trimming: Trimmed to a desired height, but not necessary. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Fertilizer: Suggest a well-balance fertilizer like a 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 or even a Holly-toner. Feed in early spring and fall.
Uses: Decorative accent and ideally for wind or privacy screen. Used in most commercial and residential landscaping.
Moisture: Regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly.
Hardiness Zone: 6-9.

Planting Tips

  • First, always make sure to pick a planting area that is best for the plants growth needs. (ie. soil conditions, drainage, sun exposure and moisture requirements
  • Because roots need room to grow, make sure to always dig a hole the same size deep as the plants root ball and twice as wide
  • Also make sure the plants root ball is even or just above the areas ground level because you don't want to plant too deeply
  • Backfill with the remaining soil and any added mixture like compost, black cow or even regular potting soil
  • Water in the plant well because this will help remove any air pockets that may remain after back-filling.
  • In addition, watering will depend on the type of plant that you planted.
  • Most, but not all, will need a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. if you like in an area with high rainfall, do not over water.
  • Finally, mulching is recommended to deter weeds and keep the moisture content high, also to keep temperatures low.