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    Nellie Stevens Holly for Sale

    Nellie Stevens Holly for Sale


Nellie Stevens Holly

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Nellie Stevens Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Nellie Stevens Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 6-9

Growing Zones 6-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 6-9
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

5-10 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Here's why Nellie Stevens hollies have become so popular:

    • Ideal selection for hedges and privacy screens
    • Grows up to 3 ft. per year!
    • Thrives on neglect

You'll appreciate how these holly trees stay deep green all year, unlike other hedge trees that can brown out during either the summer heat or mild droughts.

Plant 5-6 ft. apart for a living wall that gives you complete privacy...no holes, no gaps.

You control how they grow - whether naturally into a dense, pyramidal shape that matures at 15-25 ft., or pruned into a tall box hedge.

They grow as much as 2 to 3 ft. per year without pruning. When they reach the height you want, just clip off the leader. This will slow them down and make them thicken out.

These holly trees make perfect accents at the corners of your home, planting beds, or entryway. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast to surrounding trees and shrubs.

During the winter months, you will enjoy the red berries against the deep green foliage. Clip off some branches to decorate your home for the holidays.

This tree is a bird watchers delight, as its berries attract all kinds of wildlife!

Unlike most holly varieties, these grow tall and stay deep green all year round. Nellie Stevens Holly Trees grow in sun or partial shade.

You will never find a better privacy screen at such a low price. These will sell out shortly, so hurry and place your order today.

Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
We purchased 34 of these 3 years ago to create privacy hedge, and like the others commenting here they arrived perfectly packaged and healthy. We planted ours ~4' apart. Nearly all 34 have surpassed 6' now with just a few lagging behind. They appeared to grow a little slowly the first season and we babied them and gave them quite a bit of water the first year, and have been faithful in fertilizing w/ Holly Tone in Spring and Fall. They are absolutely beautiful and as described with deep red leaves year round and are now thriving, and appear to be growing at least 2' per year. We love these trees as do the birds, and couldn't be happier with our purchase. Looking forward to the day not too far off when our neighbors aren't looking into our back yard.
December 31, 2012
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"Fast growing versus Lowe's"
I needed one more Nellie Stevens Holly after I had ordered from Fast Growing, so I bought one at Lowe's. It was three times the size and actually was the same price as the smaller trees from Fast Growing because I didn't have to pay shipping. The shipping from Fast Growing is ridiculous. I would hesitate to order from them again because of the shipping charges. Get them at Lowe's--larger plants--and not have to pay that shipping, plus they are guaranteed one year from Lowe's. You have to pay for that at Fast Growing.
July 26, 2015
1 year ago
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I now have 12 of these plants and I just love them. I live in Kansas them are doing great with our 100+ degrees as well as long cold winters.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
We planted 16 Nellie Stevens Hollies to use as a wind and privacy barrier. We planted them 1 1/2 yrs ago and even though they are to grow 3-5 ft per year ours have grown about 2 1/2 ft because of a drought last summer. We are happy with the looks of the trees and they have grown very well this fall due to an abundance of rain and good temperatures. We are very pleased with the purchase.
December 31, 2012
I ordered 15 of these two years ago. Last year was one of the worst winters ever in NJ and while some leaves on the plants were damaged, this year for every leaf that fell off, two more grew. Every single plant is healthy and thriving. I have ordered more beautiful plants from FGT and all are of top quality.
December 31, 2012
Trees arrived in great shape and we planted them a week later and they look great. I look forward to them maturing.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Our Hollies are surviving after a year or so of being planted. Not much growth on the 3 planted in full sun here in Houston, but the ones in partial shade are doing better.
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
We bought 16 of these last year, unfortunately they didn't survive our brutal winter... I called and you refund us credit for the total amount after purchasing the extended warranty. Was very happy with your service and our new trees. Thanks!
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Purchased 6 of these last spring, then 6 more in the fall when the first 6 did so well over the summer. Goal was a barrier between my property and the Dukes of Hazard that live next door--never met a beat up car they didn't like, and bring home to their yard. Anyway, the trees arrived in great shape. I planted them against a three board fence, so I can measure growth by eye; I even saw a little growth during the winter months. They're all covered with blooms now and look great. Tried to purchase them from my local landscaper, but he wasn't a fan, suggested another variety. Glad I stuck to my guns. I'll order again
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Love ours
We bought 3 to plant about 5 ft away from our glaring white vinyl fence. Nice contrast. My husband is a procrastinator and it took him a month before we got them in the ground. One only had a dozen or so leaves on it, the other two were in great shape. I babied it and used copious amounts of Holly Tone around the outside edge of the planting hole. It came to life and has more leaves than the others. Hoping it makes it through this Winter (2014) since we are suppose to have a worse one than last year. It is planted in a mostly sunny area. I've found that all my hollies that I have planted in deep shade get leggy. So I tried sun this time. We were thrilled with the packaging and size on arrival. We are zone 6 in Michigan, Bay City area.
September 16, 2014
48706, MI, US
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly Planting Diretions Your Nellie Stevens Holly will thrive in an area the receives full to partial sunlight. Place your Nellie Stevens Hollies five to seven feet apart for privacy hedges, and ten feet away from structures. Their foliage grows out wide, and will fill in quickly.

Nellie Stevens Holly Bushes prefer acidic soil but will adapt to your natural soil, even if its sandy or heavy in clay. Just make sure that your soil is well draining. Nellie Stevens Hollies don't want to sit in standing water and should be watered twice a week. After two months water your holly once a week up until six months. Your Nellie Stevens Hollie won't need any extra water unless the Winter is very sunny and windy.

Fertilize your Nellie Stevens Holly every Spring and Fall with an acid-based fertilizer. Every Winter your Nellie Stevens Holly will give you beautiful red berries.

Questions & Answers

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Need a privacy hedge for my backyard that is backing up to a new subdivision.
Brenda C on Apr 22, 2016
Need to block street view ASAP.
Karl F on Apr 16, 2016
Need a privacy hedge for my backyard that is backing up to a new subdivision.
Brenda C on Apr 22, 2016
It is what I am wanting.
Evelyn d on Apr 17, 2016
Need to block street view ASAP.
Karl F on Apr 16, 2016
I wanted something that would survive the cold winters of New England, and still provide a privacy screen all year round.
Robert S on Apr 13, 2016
Pleased with the holly I already have, so it was only natural that I wanted to purchase some more. Evergreen and a beautiful shade of glossy green it is!
J. H. S on Apr 8, 2016
I wanted a fast development natural fence, and I'm looking forward to seeing how much difference this makes at our home! Such a nice way to keep our privacy.
Rachel T on Apr 5, 2016
Great privacy!!
paula r on Apr 3, 2016
Daniel F on Apr 2, 2016
I need a big green wall
David J on Mar 25, 2016
good reviews
Timothy W on Mar 25, 2016
the reviews look good and liked the sight.
raymond g on Mar 23, 2016
Mostly for privacy and hardiness
Kevin M on Mar 16, 2016
I picked these Trees for the corners of our House !!!!! We have Holly bushes .
Now there match. Excited to get them !!!!!
Nancy B on Mar 13, 2016
Privacy, dark green leaves and red berries.
Burdette P on Mar 13, 2016
We need a privacy bush along a path. This tree had great reviews.
Dwight S on Mar 9, 2016
great prices and good reviews
dale d on Mar 1, 2016
Dark green leaves and red berries
Wilbur D on Feb 4, 2016
For privacy in back yard and green leaves and red berries
sheila s on Jan 31, 2016
Hardy, deer-resistant screening
Betty S on Jan 22, 2016
Needed nice bush for front yard!
JOSEPH M on Jan 21, 2016
Appears to be a good choice for a specific screening situation I have, plus hollies grow well in our area and soil.
Allan C on Jan 18, 2016
Because the plant self pollinates.
Tony O on Jan 18, 2016
Advertised as suitable for Virginia and appropriate for a privacy screen
H Sue L on Jan 16, 2016
Fast growing privacy bush that is mostly maintenance free, stays green all year round
Elijah S on Dec 30, 2015
Privacy screen, bird friendly, and adaptable to weather and soil conditions.
Susan R on Dec 29, 2015
It's an evergreen and fast growing.
Dean D on Dec 28, 2015
Particularly picked for a spot in the garden under a lot of wires, so the shorter mature height and slower growth rate might be a plus there. Also, read someone has grown it in a shaded place and the plants became leggy - I have a spot in the garden where space for a privacy tree is very narrow, and is in the shade of another tree. Hoping this Holly would grow leggy and thin in that spot to form an evergreen privacy barrier there. Wish there was a Holly variety that grows 4-5 feet per year.
Thushani R on Dec 27, 2015
I was unable to find where to put DECEMBERFREE so I would like to have you adjust the order to reflect FREE shipping. Please do so and send me confirmation of this.

I made the purchase because I am tired of paying huge prices to have 4-6 ft trees planted by nurseries. I am 80 and can not handle the transport and planting involved with larger trees. The smaller Nellie Stevens don't seem to be shown in the local nurseries. I hope that this association wth you will prove "fruitful". Ann
Ann D on Dec 19, 2015
Jennings C on Dec 14, 2015
privacy fence, year round greenery as a back drop for our Crape Myrtles in every color
Shery E on Nov 21, 2015
Needed some privacy between my neighbors. I looked at this website, read the positive reviews and decided to make a purchase. If this order does well I will order again.
Gerald M on Nov 20, 2015
To provide protection barrier from problem neighbor...she will hate it, ergo why I purchased it!
joe f on Nov 10, 2015
I wanted to start a holly hedge and this variety seemed to be the best one.
John M on Nov 8, 2015
i have two here and want to add four more hope they will be beautiful rest of the life.
Dennise S on Nov 7, 2015
To put on each corner of my house, I liked the shape
Robin S on Nov 5, 2015
I wanted a fast growing evergreen border to hide an ugly fence my neighbors installed this summer. I considered pines but after doing research, I think the Holly will work well and will provide berries to wildlife.
Janine K on Oct 25, 2015
Described as a fast growing holly. Would provide evergreen coverage and berries for the birds.
Janet E on Oct 2, 2015
I need a fast growing dense hedge for a private patio area. Hopefully, this does the trick!
Jillian L on Sep 25, 2015
Fast growing, good privacy
Marcus O on Sep 23, 2015
I picked this plant for privacy along my fence, The gardners next door where doing weed control and hit my plants with weed killer. All the leaves turned brown. I thought the plants where dead. For about a week the plants where just twigs so I was going to remove them and notice new growth all over the plants. They bounced back and growing strong. They take abuse and keep on growing. Great plant. Thought I would let you know.
Mark B on Sep 20, 2015
I bought years ago 10 Nellie Stevens trees, planted them in two rows, and now we have a most beautiful and dense privacy screen. I plan the same for the other side of our property.
Josef F on Sep 9, 2015
We are using the Nellie Stevens Holly as a privacy fence and bird habitat.
Stephnie P on Sep 8, 2015
To block out neighbors!!
Stephanie R on Aug 25, 2015
It is what I am wanting.
Evelyn d on Apr 17, 2016
I wanted something that would survive the cold winters of New England, and still provide a privacy screen all year round.
Robert S on Apr 13, 2016
What size pot/box do the 8-10 ft. come in?
Marilyn C on Jan 1, 2015
Do you send or have males for pollination?
Beth m on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie R. Stevens Holly is self fertile, and will bear berries without a male nearby, so we don't sell a male to go with it. Of course, it will bear more heavily if there is a male nearby - any Ilex cornuta will work, or Nellie's male counterpart, Edward J. Stevens. If you live in a neighborhood, you likely have an Ilex cornuta in the area, and should be fine.
Will root system damaged your foundation if planted at corner of home?
barbara h on May 5, 2015
the leaves have turned brown over the winter, have I lost do you think It didn't make it through the winter?
Nancy R on Mar 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We had an unusually harsh winter this year, which could very well be why your Nellie Stevens has so many brown leaves. If, however, it doesn't leaf out again this spring, you can contact your local Extension Agent to see what the problem is, and possible remedies.
do nellie stevens lose their leaves in winter?
JANET P on Feb 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This holly is evergreen and should keep its attractive leaves all year round.
Could I use these to create a short 4.5 foot barrier between mine and my neighbor's front yard? I was thinking of using them in front of our chain-link to cover it up and create a natural short fence along our property line. But I'm wondering if they are really meant to provide a much larger "privacy fence" at more like 6 and 7 feet. Would they do well if we tried to keep them to 4.5 feet? Thanks for your thoughts here...
Kemicakes on Apr 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That's what I'm doing now with mine......I have a perimeter around the property..... I figure that when they reach the height that I want, I'll pinch off the terminal buds and let them bush out a bit. I planted mine in spring of 2014 when they were about 1 1/2 ft tall, they are now about 2 1/2 - 3 ft tall and some have started to bush a bit. I don't expect much from them as I neglect them, but they seem to thrive regardless.
When to,plant in Albuquerque, nm, 6200'?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It's best to plant the Nellie Stevens Holly in the early Spring or early Fall.
Do the Nellie Stevens attract bees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nellie Stevens Holly is an excellent fast-growing choice for a privacy hedge. In my experience the holly does not attract bees any more than normally pollinating plants. I recommend Nellie Stevens Holly from Fast-Growing Trees - shipment and quality of plants was excellent.
Can we buy Nellie Stevens Holly taller than 3'? How large is the planting mix. How many Nellie Stevens are supplemented per bag of planting mix?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: That is the largest Nellie Stevens holly that we have at the time, sometimes we have larger sizes available. We recommend one bag of planting mix per tree. The planting mix is a 2 qt bag.
why do the balls fall from my Nellie stevens hollys before turning red?
joyce l on Jul 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It sounds like it could be a soil deficiency or too much or too little water.
How wide does this tree grow?
Dan C on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My parents in WV have had two of the American Holly for about 30 years. They are about 10 or 12 ft wide and maybe 25 ft tall.
when is the best time to plant nellie stevens in southwest Mo 65650 ?
vernon h on Jan 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in hard ground during the coldest months of spring 2014 as soon as I got them....... It's now early 2016 and they're still alive. I'm in southern Illinois..
In your description of the American Holly, you mentioned it was good for filtering out noise. Would you say this is also true of the Nellie Stevens Holly?
Alice W on Jan 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will help create a sound barrier.
I live in zone 5-central IOWA. will this plant flourish here?
WESSONMAN on Sep 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie Stevens holly do best in growing zone 6-9, so honestly these may struggle in your area. You may want to consider the American Holly that is very similar to the Nellie and they are more cold hardy for your area.
Are the berries harmful to dogs?
Dorothy M on Sep 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The berries can be harmful and result in vomiting or diarrhea if there is a large amount ingested.
i have a house in Montauk, NY there are a lot of deer! there is a house that has holly all around and the red berries hover on top ...and the deer do not eat the holly. Can you tell me which holly this is?
Lyn A on May 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hollies are rarely damaged by deer.
We live in N.Central AR and it's August. It's hot! I'd love to take advantage of the great price now (we need 6-7 of these trees) but I'm afraid the trees will die if we plant them now. What can we do? We need at minimum another month before it'll be early fall as suggested for planting time- Help!!
J U on Aug 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can call our sales team at 888-504-2001 and request a shipping delay. We will hold your items in our inventory until you're ready to have them shipped.
What is the root system, does it grow down or out, i am wanting to plant these within 5' of an above ground pool?
Keith K on Aug 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The main root of a Nellie Stevens Holly grows straight down, and softer more fragile roots grow towards the surface of the ground. We recommend planting hollies about five feet away from structures.
Do these hurt dogs?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The tips of the leaves are prickly like any holly would be, and they can hurt if you get poked. My cats are always around the holly brushing up against them, and doing what cats do, but animals are pretty smart and my cats don't seem to get hurt by them. They do love to hide out under the shrubs and they are large enough now to provide some shade for them.

Hope this helps.
Does anyone have experience w/ them in Northern NJ?
Gourmet on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have one in Summit, NJ and is doing well. Try to select a location where it won't take a direct hit from winter winds, if possible.
Partial sun for my area means filters sun at best. Will I still get the red berries and dark green leaves?
Mauer on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie Stevens Hollies need sun to develop the red berries. They prefer full sun, but will grow in partial sun, which means 3 to 6 hours of direct sun per day.
I had 3 Nellie Stevens planted a year and a half ago in what I think is mosly clay/ sand soil conditions near NJ coast and with, unfortunately, no wind barriers . After the 2 winters , they have lost almost half their leaves . Last summer they recovered most of their leaves and berried well . I'm worried that the poor soil conditions and lack of wind barrier will prevent them from becoming the gorgeous Nellie Stevens I had on my PA property What do you reccommend?
Susan U on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could try fertilizing in the spring and fall with special fertilizer made for acid-loving plants. Holly Tone is one brand, but there are many. Also pruning, cut off the top of the tree, or any dead branches. This will cause buds in the interior of the tree to sprout, and the tree will have a fuller look. You can also hedge or prune these trees for shape. Always cut back to a leaf to hide your pruning cuts.
When will the berries on our Nellie Stevens turn red? They are green and fairly plentiful. We are in Maryland.
Mary E on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the berries on the Nellie Stevens holly will turn red. They turn red in the winter, around December.
will this grow in full shade?
penelope a on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, our Nellie Stevens Holly did not do well in full shade. It arrived healthy but after 6 months in full shade it was stunted and in poor health. It did not survive our transplant attempt to a sunnier location. I believe this holly needs some sun to become established and thrive. Hope this helps.
How far apart should I plant Nellie Stevens?
pianoman on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Plant no closer than 5-6 feet apart. This distance is good if you want a tight hedge.
Google "Nelly Stevens Planting Instructions" and it will give you all the info you need.
Hope this helps.
when is the best time to plant? we live in WV
Ynita S on Jan 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As I understand, the Nellie Stevens Holly can be planted at any time of year. However fall and spring are the optimal times. Do be mindful of the soil pH (somewhat acid 5 to 6) for optimum growth.
I got 4 of these were doing great then they all dropped there leaves. Is that normal? Margie Eastern Washington State.
Margie S on Dec 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: How long after you planted them did they fall off? If it was a few days then it might just be the shock of the transplant. If not, what type of soil did you plant them in. Mine are doing great and are on their second winter. Leaves have never fell off.
Do deer like this plant? Does this plant have thorns?
Ursula R on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Having purchased Nellie Stevens Holly two years ago I have experienced no problem with deer foraging the hedges. I live in a semi-rural area. No other natural predators are keen on the holly. The plants do not have thorns. Nellie Stevens is a fast growing holly, deep green with shiny leaves. In the fall/winter, the holly produces small berries. In blooming periods, the holly provides an excellent habitat for pollinators.
How far apart should I plant these to obtain a hedge in a few years?
Kenny W on Sep 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: According to their web site:Plant 5-6 ft. apart for a living wall that gives you complete privacy...no holes, no gaps."

You control how they grow – whether naturally into a dense, pyramidal shape that matures at 15-25 ft., or pruned into a tall box hedge.

what fertilizer is best ?
joseph h on Jul 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I did not have any fertilizer other than Osmocote when I planted them, so I used that. I have not fertilized since other than what they get from the lawn fertilizer. They have grown about 4 feet since I planted in December 2013. Hope this helps.

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