'Nellie R. Stevens' - Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' Available in 7 Gallon, 15 Gallon, 30 Gallon, 45 Gallon and B&B
This evergreen holly with its handsome glossy leaves has been a popular landscaping item across the American South for decades. It is a large shrub that grows in a neat pyramidal shape 15-25 ft (4.6-6.1 m) in height. 'Nellie Stevens' is probably a hybrid between English holly (I. aquifolium) and Chinese holly (I. cornuta). Leaves are thick and have teeth typically associated with the holly leaf. Flowers of 'Nellie Stevens' can be pollinated by those of Chinese hollies in the area, which bloom at the same time in spring. This female holly is extremely fruitful and colorful when loaded with bright red berries in winter. It provides both food and nesting habitat for birds, including cedar waxwings, mockingbirds, robins, and woodpeckers.
Culture Like other hollies, it prefers acidic soil but is quite adaptable. Keep soil moist for a few months after planting. Looks best with little or no pruning. Light Good sun is best but tolerates part shade. Moisture Average to dry. 'Nellie Stevens' holly is unusually drought resistant when established and tolerant of heat. Hardiness USDA Zones 6 to 9 Propagation Cuttings at any time of year.
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