Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly

3 reviews
  • Hardy evergreen foliage

  • Produces red berries in the fall

  • Makes a great privacy screen

Regular price $59.95

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Most Popular Fast-Growing Holly for Privacy!

The Nellie Stevens holly shrub has been gaining popularity as an evergreen privacy hedge!

Ilex Nellie Stevens Holly treer has dense evergreen leaves that are deep green in color and prickly with spikes on the dark green leaves. In the spring, this hybrid holly that is a cross of Chinese holly and English holly will produce dainty white flowers. It is prized for its low maintenance and care, and being pest and disease resistant.

It produces bright red berries in the fall that is perfect for attracting birds and other wildlife into your landscape. Nellie R Stephans Holly shrub does not require another pollenizer to produce the berries but will produce bushels more with a male pollinator nearby.

With a broad, pyramidal shape form, the Nellie Stevens Holly hedge can protect your yard from noisy neighbors, provide year round color with the green foliage, and also acts as a windbreak.

Plant the Nellie R Stevens holly tree as a privacy screen, individually as a specimen tree, or as a formal box hedge. The green bush will grow fast and full quickly!


Grow this fast growing holly tree across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-9. It can tolerate full sun but prefers to be planted in an area with partial shade and protected from the hot afternoon sun.

Most evergreen holly trees prefer slightly acidic, well drained soil. They will benefit from the addition of a slow release fertilizer in early spring to jump start the growing season.

The fast growing habit of the Nellie Stevens holly hedge is a prime reason why it is so loved! The Nellie Stevens holly growth rate is up to 3 feet per year. At mature size, it can reach up to 15-25 feet tall as a hedge, planted individually it can grow even larger — up to 25-30 feet in height. The mature width is up to 5-10 feet wide. Nellie holly is loved for its symmetrical shape.

We recommend spacing the Nellie R Stevens at least 5-6 feet apart for a living wall or privacy hedge appearance. Water well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. After 1 year, the holly bush is mildly drought tolerant and will only need watering during dry spells.

Nellie stevens holly pruning can happen at virtually any time of the year. These evergreen trees respond very well to pruning and can be shaped to any desired size. We do not recommend pruning hollies in the early spring, doing so will cut off the spring flowers that bloom on old wood and eventually turn into orange red berries.

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Shipping information

Once your Nellie Stevens Holly order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Ilex "Nellie R Stevens"

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
5-10 ft

Mature Height
15-25 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

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