EXCEPTIONAL GROWTH RATE WITH YEAR ROUND VIEWING QUALITIES
- Dark green, glossy evergreen foliage provides year long privacy and interest
- In fall and winter, brilliant red berries pop against the dark green leaves
- The berries are a favorite of songbirds
- Low maintenance and easy care
- Tolerant of drought, deer, heat, and air pollution
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
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- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Mature Height: 15-25' tall
- Mature Width: 8-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 8-12' apart
Why plant Nellie R. Stevens Holly?
Welcome to the world of hybrid Hollies! This cross between the Chinese Holly and the English Holly is all thanks to Nellie Robinson Stevens, who, let's say permanently borrowed a few pollinated berries from the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. and grew the original Nellie R. Stevens Holly in her home garden. This cultivar of Holly provides a conical shape growing to heights of 15-25’ tall and widths of up to 8-15’, visually reminding us of a Christmas tree. Maintaining its evergreen status for year round viewing, the Nellie R. Stevens Holly produces small white blooms in spring that are slightly fragrant and stand out amongst the dark glossy green foliage. These blooms welcome bees and other pollinators to your property, which jumpstarts the fruiting process. These blooms are not the only pop of color the Nellie R. Stevens offers. As the seasons progress, we are delighted with bright red fruits that, like the blooms, stand out against the dark green foliage, giving this tree a festive look for the cooler seasons. While able to produce berries on its own, this Holly is berry productive (see what we did there!?) when paired with a male counterpart. These berries are not suitable for human consumption but the birds go crazy for them, feasting through the winter months and providing you with some lovely company to gaze upon!
How to use Nellie R. Stevens Holly in the landscape?
This evergreen has a few qualities worth mentioning, starting with the vigorous growth rate of almost 3’ a year. This growth rate matches that of Birch, Willows, and even Green Giants. The Nellie R. Stevens offers tolerance to drought, air pollution, as well as heat, allowing this tree to thrive almost anywhere - even in the south during summers where other Hollies tend to suffer! Like most Hollies, the Nellie R. Stevens also produces berries lasting through the winter months. However, this Holly is capable of berry production on its own but becomes a master producer when paired with a male counterpart for pollination. When considering locations for the Nellie R. Stevens, try planting this Holly as a specimen to be admired, or utilize the dense foliage for a hedge or barrier. This tree also works well when utilized as a foundation planting, accenting the corners of your home and bringing the views of feasting birds right to your window!
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
How To Plant Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Looking to give a Nellie R. Stevens Holly a forever home? AWESOME! We have just a few tips to help you get on your way! The Nellie R. Stevens Holly is capable of living in locations that offer full sun down to partial shade. Adaptable to most soil types, while living its best life in well draining slightly acidic soils, we can add soils that are slightly alkaline, dry sandy types, heavy clay, and pretty much any other type of soil to the list of 'acceptable' soils. Even though this Holly grows rapidly, the maintenance for this tree is simple, requiring pruning only as you see fit to maintain your desired shape.
How To Water
Watering your Nellie R. Stevens Holly is fairly simple. When first planted, we recommend watering at least twice a week, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Do this until the tree becomes established. Nellie R. Stevens Hollies do provide drought tolerance when established, however we advise you keep an eye on local weather and water accordingly during periods of inclement weather.
How To Fertilize
At the time of planting, we recommend adding our Bower & Branch Elements Starter Plant Food to the planting site to help with the growth and establishment of your Nellie R. Stevens Holly. If you plant your Holly in the spring, you will want to apply fertilizer again in fall and keep that same schedule until the plant is established. If you planted in the fall, add fertilizer the following spring to promote new and healthy growth from your Nellie R. Stevens Holly.
How To Prune
After planting your Nellie R. Stevens Holly, it will soon be time to consider maintenance. This process can take place in either early spring or mid fall. Simply prune new growth to maintain the shape you desire. With the Nellie R. Stevens Holly there is no need to worry if you accidentally prune a little too far back, this Holly is capable of growing back from any cut making maintenance a breeze.
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