Nellie R Stevens Holly
Nellie R. Stevens Holly (Latin name: Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens') is a hybrid evergreen shrub, tall and lovely, with a glossy, deep green to blue-green, broad leaf. It can reach a maximum height of 25 to 30 feet with a broad base, measuring about fifteen feet across, and a narrow top. It presents in the classic "Christmas tree" shape.
It holds its beautiful color year-round, and many prizes the evergreen clippings, using the greenery and the small berries it produces for wreath-making and winter holiday decorating.
The Nellie R. Stevens holly loves a warm climate; it grows best in USDA planting zones 6 through 9 and prefers a partially sunny or full sun location.
The Origins of the Nellie R Stevens Holly
The Nellie R. Stevens Holly is named for its original growing location, Oxford, Maryland, the garden of a school teacher by the same name. The shrub is a hybrid of two ever-popular hollies: the Chinese holly (Ilex cornuta) and the English holly (Ilex aquifolium)
The hybridization of these two species gives the Nellie R. Stevens holly some of the most vigorous traits of each:
- It is a fast grower, adding three or more feet each growing season.
- It's drought-resistant, requires little water, and can tolerate hot weather.
- It is frost tolerant, surviving the occasional frosts that may occur even in warmer climates.
Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' Is a Beautiful Specimen.
Nellie R Stevens holly is large, so be sure to give it some growing room--at least six feet from other trees or shrubs. The leaves average about four inches long and a broad three inches wide. They're dark green, glossy, and have spiny edges.
The tree grows into its triangular shape naturally, without needing any "training" or fuss. If you need to prune it, Nellie R Stevens will heal quickly and continue to grow.
Order Your Nellie R Stevens Holly from TN Nursery Today
TN Nursery proudly offers the lovely, hardy Nellie R Stevens holly--place your order with us today.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.