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Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly

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These evergreens are perfect for a dense privacy hedge that blocks out neighbors, noise and unsightly areas. They also look great when planted near the corners of your home.

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Nellie Stevens Holly

Popular Holly Hedge Offers Complete Year-Round Privacy


The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

2-3 ft.

Ships this Mon, Jul 28
List: $89.95
Sale: $60.27
6 at $57.26 ea.

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

1-2 ft.

Ships this Mon, Jul 28
List: $49.95
Sale: $33.47
6 at $31.80 ea.
Planting Mix for Holly Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Nellie Stevens Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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 for acid loving plants. 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.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
Nellie Stevens Holly
Fertilizer Tablets
Nellie Stevens Holly

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $4.66

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.

Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
(blue area above)

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Nellie Stevens Holly can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
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$99+ 28%

It's Easy to Plant your Nellie Stevens Holly

Specific Directions for Nellie Stevens Holly

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.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Nellie Stevens Holly.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Nellie Stevens Holly gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Nellie Stevens Holly again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Steve in Anderson, SC
The hollies arrived in great shape. They seem to be thriving in their first year. I would buy from fast growing trees again!

By: Carlin in Swarthmore, PA
Used the Nellie Stevens Holly evergreens for privacy border. They stayed healthy, but not growing as fast as expected.

By: Vaughn in Martinsburg, WV
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.

By: Kurt in Arberdeen, MD
We use these as a privacy hedge. Grows sort of fast and looks great.

By: Brad in Southern Kansas
We bought 8 of these Nellie Stevens to begin a privacy wall on our property. They arrived well packed, looked thriving & healthy upon arrival. We got them planted about a week after receiving. Theyve been in the ground for 2 weeks now & they still look healthy. I dont know about long term but so far im very satisfied. My only regret is I wish id known about Fast Growing Trees years ago! Ive spent fortunes over the years on trees from various big home improvement retail stores that are dead on arrival.

By: Nancy in Detroit, MI
My Nellie Stevens Holly arrived two days after it shipped, in wonderful condition. You do a great job of packing - not one broken leaf. Shes been in the ground for about six weeks and seems to be settling in nicely. Im VERY pleased with the size, condition and general appearance, and would definitely buy from you again.

By: Tammy
I am not a great gardener. These were perfect for me. I purchased mine about 3 years ago and they're still going strong. I watered them a good bit during the first 2 weeks, then they've been on their own. Will buy again.

By: Erica
I love these trees, the only downfall is the deer love these as well.

By: William Deskin
Planted 30 of the Nellie Stevens Holly in early March. They have not grown much at all... We ordered the 2-3ft. Wish we had ordered the taller ones! It is the end of July here in MA and we have lost all leaves on 3 of the 30. Visited a local nursery today and the owner warned that these do not hold up well in zone 5-6 during the Winter time and that we were not watering them enough. I hope he is wrong, this will be our first winter with them and we spent a lot of $ to lose all 30 in the next 2 seasons. If they start growing though I would be able to highly recommend these for future buyers.

By: Pam
Arrived healthy, and is still alive, but is slow growing. I should have brought a more developed tree. Takes too long to catch up with the other more mature trees and looks odd. But would purchase trees again. Thanks.

By: James Federici
Trees arrived in great shape and we planted them a week later and they look great. I look forward to them maturing.

By: James Federici
We recently purchased 4 of the 5-7 ft hollies and they arrived in great shape. You pay a little extra for the packaging but,it's necessary to ensure they survive the trip. The sales people are very pleasant to deal with.They sat in pots for 10 days while our area was prepared and they are going in fresh compost mix loam in a full to partial shape area. They will be used as a privacy hedge and the birds already found them! If you are hesitant about buying plants online as we were,go for it as it was a great experience for us. Hope you have the same.

By: Dan
These trees came packed very secure and in healthy condition, completely boxed and no broken branches. Planted 10 about two weeks ago and all seem to have sprouted a couple inches already. Ordered five more to complete the the property line.

By: Darrrell Korman
This tree is doing very well. We live in zone 8 in Texas and planted the tree on the north side of the house. It has produced a lot of nice red berries that the birds love.

By: melissa schaare
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.

By: Tina Quake
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!

By: tom
so far, almost a year later, they are smaller than when we planted them...we shall see what happens this year!

By: Mary McFarland
Bushes arrived in great shape. They've been in the ground maybe two months and have already grown in size! Love them!

By: Elaine
Live in Indianapolis. Trees survived first winter but not second winter. Didn't really seem to grow fast either. If you live in border line between zone 5 & 6 I would skip zone 6 plants. waste of money and time

By: Andrea
I bought ten for a privacy hedge. They arrived a few weeks ago, but they'd been pruned back to seven or eight inches tall--despite the statement "We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason" stated plainly under the height information--and whoever did the pruning had chopped a good number of the leaves in half. We planted them immediately, and they're doing good so far. We're hoping they overcome the pruning damage, but we'll have to see when the new growth starts.

By: Jeanette McGlenn
Our Nellie Stevens Holly arrived in good shape. However, the berries remained green and Nellie Stevens Holly did not grow an inch. We had an unusual amount of Sunshine this year. However the Nellies have not grown an inch.

By: Brandon
I planted 5 of these along a fence line last summer. It has been 1 year and they are looking great. A little bit of holly tone and the stay a nice deep green.

By: Sheri
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.

By: Susan Martinez
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.

By: Scoti
The Nellie Stevens Holly plants arrived in excellent condition. The plants were planted immediately upon arrival and are thriving. I am amazed at the quality of the shrubs expecially after shipping. I highly recommend ordering this fast growing privacy hedge holly.

By: denise sykes
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.

By: George T. Arteaga
My 3 Nellie Stevens Holly are still alive and doing well. I only wish that they would grow faster. I am satisfied with them.

By: Anne S - RI
I ordered 4, need to order one more to complete the section i want to cover. The Plants came in perfect condition. Was very pleased with them. It took a couple of weeks to get them in the ground, but they are looking good. They have been in the ground for almost a month and still look as strong if not stronger than they did upon arrival. Hoping they do grow as fast as it is claimed. I do recomment your company to others.

By: Denise/Cali
Do not buy these!The deer eat them and they need a lot of water,even though it is advertised as fast growing and little or no water.They did not grow in over a year,they dried up and died all 10 or them and I live in California,save your money.

By: Becky Bell
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.

By: Tod W Belletto
Nice looking plants I planted them in our pasture for some greenery and to break up the flat plain look. I look forward to next springs growth.

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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.
Reply · david M on Jul 13, 2014
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Does anyone have experience w/ them in Northern NJ?
Gourmet on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: My Nellie Stevens Holly plants are growing great in Southern Texas. In three years, we lost only one out of all twenty plants. Growing up in Canada, holly thrived all over the place, but I don't know which variety it was. It seems that it always had shiny leaves. Holly is very hardy and cold-tolerant, in my experience. NJ should be a great place to grow it. You'll get some nice birds attracted to the berries during the winter.
Reply · Chris H on Jun 29, 2014
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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.
Reply · Sharon W on Jun 2, 2014
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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.
Reply · Martha C on Jul 1, 2014
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Do these Nellie Stevens Holly require a male and a female plant?
Sherrie C on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Sherrie,

As noted, they need both to produce berries. They do not need both male & female to survive. Here is a good link I found:

Well, ok the site wont let me put the link If you google this phrase then look for the article from gardeningknowhow . com titled "reasons why a Holly bush does not have berries" you will find the article
Reply · GREGG K on Jun 13, 2014
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What size gallon pot do they come in?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: I "think" they came in gallon containers....they are ALL still alive (Virginia clay isn't the best...) so far. Only one had berries last year but hoping for more this year..........
Reply · Franceil P on Jun 4, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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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.
Reply · Sharon W on Jul 22, 2014
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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.
Reply · Ingrid S on Jun 30, 2014
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Are they deer resistant?
Gourmet on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: I don't have deer in my area so this is not problem for me. The information for the web states that the Nellie Holly is occasionally severely damaged by deer (http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/). I hope this helps.
Reply · LaDonna C on Jun 30, 2014
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why do the balls fall from my Nellie stevens hollys before turning red?
joyce l on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: I'm sorry, but I don't know the answer.
Reply · George A on Jul 4, 2014
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