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PlantFiles: Holly
Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Nellie R. Stevens

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive EMemphisGarden On Mar 17, 2009, EMemphisGarden from Germantown, TN wrote:

The Nellie Stevens Holly is a beautiful, trouble-free holly for the South. It features dark-green foliage year-round, as well as fragrant flowers in the spring and red berries in the fall and winter. The only drawback? It gets huge, so be careful not to plant it too close to your home. Many people make this mistake, and end up having to transplant it (no easy task).

Negative genemike On Jul 16, 2007, genemike from Blue Ridge Mountains, VA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted 4 Nellie Stevens hollies (large 5 gallon pots and 4-5' in height) in the fall of 2006 (along with a Blue Prince as a pollinator.) I live in borderline 5b-6a region - lows occassionally hit single digit minus and only in some years dip briefly below -10.

By the spring of 2007, every leaf from three of them was either gone or dead brown. One, planted in the shelter of several hemlocks, was about half damaged. We did have a severe winter in which the temp may have dipped briefly to -12 to -14. The Blue Prince did fine.

In May, the Nellie Stevens started to sprout new growth and has now become quite "leafed out" although not as full as originally and, of course, no berries. I am anxious to see what this winter does to them. Meanwhile, I have added to the area one Blue Princess and two Blue Maids.

Positive claypa On Dec 11, 2006, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Nellie R. Stevens is a cross between Ilex aquifolium and Ilex cornuta


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Quitzdorf Am See,
Little Rock, Arkansas
Auburndale, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Waynesboro, Mississippi
New Hyde Park, New York
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Aledo, Texas
Alice, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Ennis, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Oakton, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia

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