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Holly 'Nellie R. Stevens'


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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Quitzdorf Am See,

Little Rock, Arkansas

Auburndale, Florida

Decatur, Georgia

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Cynthiana, Kentucky

Waynesboro, Mississippi

New Hyde Park, New York

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Morrison, Tennessee

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Aledo, Texas

Alice, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Ennis, Texas

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

The Colony, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Oakton, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 18, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This small pyramidal evergreen tree is sold by most Mid-Atlantic nurseries. It is a hybrid between the English Holly x the Chinese Holly. It is similar to the American Holly in appearance, but has straggly end branches and is not as good quality. It grows about twice as fast as the American, so that is why it is offered.


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).


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... read more


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

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