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Nellie Stevens Holly

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Nellie Stevens Holly

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Botanical Name

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun

For a holly that tolerates poor soil, bad drainage, drought and dense shade, look no further than the Nellie Stevens Holly. It is shade-tolerant, with spiny, rich, dark-green leaves 2 to 4 inches long. The dense growth makes it an excellent choice for permanent screening for privacy or to obscure unattractive views.

  • Perfect choice for a larger bush or tall screen – 20 feet tall or more
  • Healthy and attractive all year round
  • Perfect choice for hotter regions – heat and drought resistant
  • Tolerates air-pollution, poor-drainage, drought and hard soil
  • Dense evergreen growth and bright-red berries

For a screen on a larger property, this tree takes some beating! Tough, tolerant of urban conditions and poor soil, the Nellie Stevens Holly will maintain its dense growth without clipping or form a solid hedge that will keep out a tank. Gives the height needed to screen from tall buildings and yet can be kept narrow too. This is the only holly that will produce berries without a male plant around.