Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’) is probably the most common landscape Holly in use today.  A great plant for hedging of screening.  Small flowers open in late March early April bright red fruits ripen in the fall.  Adaptable to any soil except wet.

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Mature Height

  • 15-25 Ft in height and 8-12 Ft in width

Sun Preference

  • Full sun to partial shade

Soil Requirements

  • Grow well in most soils but does best in organically rich, acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. This plant has better heat tolerance than many of the hollies.


Nellie R. Stevens Holly, Ilex hybrida, flowering branch, at Visalia CA USA


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