nellie stevens holly

Nellie Stevens Holly

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Stately Looking Evergreen Beauty


Nellie Stevens provide glossy, deeply cut leaves and brightly colored fruit year around. Their ease of care makes them popular choices for gardeners in temperate to warm ranges. Growing Nellie Stevens holly trees provides you with one of the fastest growing of the hollies with branches packed with berries.


Hollies are timeless classics that make a large impact on the landscape with very little special care required. These easy-to-grow plants provide cover and food for birds and natural holiday décor for the home.

Among this plant’s many attributes is its natural pyramidal form. It can grow up to 25 feet when mature and is one of the heaviest bearing of the hollies. Leaves are 2 ½ inches long with 5 to 6 deep teeth on each side and glossy green coloring.


Much of the fruit seems to set without a male – Edward J. Stevens is the name for the male plant in the species – plant’s intervention (parthenocarpic) and numerous pea sized, red berries appear in fall. These plants are dense and make a nice screen and can be grown as either multi-stemmed or single stemmed plants.



This holly is very adaptable to either full sun or partial shade locations. It is resistant to deer and rabbits and will develop drought tolerance with maturity. The tree even thrives in poor soil and doesn’t mind mild neglect, though plants prefer slightly acidic well-drained soil.


Nellie Stevens is suitable for gardens in United States Department of Agriculture zones 6 to 9. It is a fast growing plant and useful as screen due to its thick foliage. Space plants 6 feet away when growing Nellie Stevens holly trees for a hedge effect. This holly is also remarkably resistant to most pests and diseases with the occasional exception of scale.


Nellie R. Stevens holly is a fast-growing evergreen shrub with dark, glossy leaves and an abundance of winter berries. It reaches 20 to 30 feet tall or more and has a dense and symmetrical shape, requiring little or no pruning. After planting and establishment, it performs well with almost no attention, making it a low-maintenance plant.



The attractive natural form of the "Nellie R. Stevens" holly makes it a useful specimen plant at the corner of a house or in a garden. Planted closely together at five feet apart, these bushes can quickly form a dense hedge, screen or border. Although this particular holly produces some fruit with no pollination, you may want to plant a male pollinator nearby for maximum production. A good candidate for pollination is Edward Stevens.