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Ilex x (Holly, Nellie R. Stevens)

Holly, Nellie R. Stevens

Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Discontinued

For almost any landscape need, there is a cultivar or hybrid of The Chinese Holly (Ilex Cornuta) to satisfy it. Hollies prefer acidic fertile moist and well drained soils, but they adapt to the adverse conditions, including poorly drained soils. Although not as common for south Texas, European Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is an evergreen holly tree native Southern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Nellie R Stevens is a hybrid between these two hollies.

Nellie R Stevens is dioecious and easily pollinates with any nearby Chinese male holly. The small white-green flowers are borne in the late spring and early summer, and are somewhat noticeable. Later in the fall they will develop highly ornamental red drupe berries in clusters that normally persist into the winter providing food for birds – often more than any Chinese Holly.. Nellie R Stevens have slightly curved green leaves, with a single spine on the tip of the leaf, and up to 4 more spines along the sides.   It naturally forms an upright pyramid habit - but can be pruned into a tree form. 

Medium Hedge
Barrier

Flower Color:

Yellow-Greenish

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Height

15-20 Feet

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Spread

10-15 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit
Evergreen
Water Needs
Low