Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly Tree

Nellie Stevens Holly

Uses Accent Tree, Specimen Tree
Common Names Nellie R.Stevens Holly
Scientific Name Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
Cold Hardiness Very Cold Hardy
Light Needs Full sun to partial shade
Flower Color No Flower
Fruit Red berries, prominent in winter
Water Needs Moderate, Drought Tolerant
Leaves Dark Green
E/D Evergreen
Mature Height 10-14 Feet
Life 25 Years
Mature Width 5-7
Canopy Shape Pyramidal

Be aware that the Nellie Stevens holly does come in two forms: the bush type, with multiple branches at the bottom and the tree type, which has just one stem. When buying it as a specimen tree, be sure to remove some of the lower branches to see the trunk. As a bush, it can be grouped as a screen. However you wish to use it, this holly makes a fine addition to the landscape—particularly when the prominent red berries appear in the winter and its branches can be used to help celebrate the season during the holidays. The berries also attract birds, so you’ll have lots of twittering to enjoy as well. This is a perfect plant for Orlando because it requires lots of sun, yet looks like it’s making a visit from the north, lending a unique counterpoint to your collection of typically southern plants and trees.

Unfortunately, the Nellie Stevens is susceptible to the Witches Broom disease.  For an alternative immune to it and also grows faster, see the Oak Leaf holly.

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