Nellie Stevens Holly for Sale

Nellie Stevens Holly for Sale

Nellie Stevens Holly for Sale

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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.

Nellie Stevens Holly

Popular Holly Hedge Offers Complete Year-Round Privacy

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Planting Mix
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 1-2 bags of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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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 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 recommended for zones: 6-9
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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.

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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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
Growing Zone:
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
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 3 years ago
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
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 3 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
Growing Zone:
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 2 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 3 years ago
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
December 31, 2012
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Why did you choose this? Store
Described as a fast growing holly. Would provide evergreen coverage and berries for the birds.
Janet E on Oct 2, 2015
Fast growing, good privacy
Marcus O on Sep 23, 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
I need a fast growing dense hedge for a private patio area. Hopefully, this does the trick!
Jillian L on Sep 25, 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
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.
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.
What size pot/box do the 8-10 ft. come in?
Marilyn C on Jan 1, 2015
Will root system damaged your foundation if planted at corner of home?
barbara h on May 5, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
when is the best time to plant nellie stevens in southwest Mo 65650 ?
vernon h on Jan 30, 2015
Does the Nellie Stevens have berries only in winter months? I am in zone 6 (Massachusetts). thanks
Deb O on Aug 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I live in NC. My Nellie's have had berries most of the summer. However, they are green and you don't see them unless you look close. I'm waiting for the fall when I beleive they are supposed to turn red and the birds start feAsting on them.
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.
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 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.
We live on the Central California Coast, outside of Salinas, USDA Zone 9 (or maybe higher - we get some frost mornings in Dec./Jan.). The area that needs a privacy screen in our backyard is mostly shaded with maybe a couple of hours of mid-day dappled/filtered sunlight. Will this species do OK in such a location?
Susan H on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I live in central Missouri and they haven't faired very well but we get temps dropping to -10's in the winter. We're zone 6. Friends of mine in Philadelphia grow them and they look fantastic - 15' tall! I think they'll be great where you're at.
Our community is looking to purchase 24 trees 5-7' tall. Several landscapers feel the deer will eat the the trees and have suggested the American Holly. Is this true?
Bob K on Jan 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I live in MD and deer have stripped the bottom of my Nellie Stevens for the past 2 winters. I thought the deer were avoiding them this year, but they waited until they were really hungry in March and then completely stripped everything they could reach. Last year the trees bounced back, but I'm not sure they can handle the abuse for 2 seasons. I would listen to your landscapers.
Which tree would be good for tall privacy hedge in moist ground?
Deborah L on Oct 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These trees are very pretty. I have had mine planted about a year they have grown about a foot...I think they would have grown more if I could have watered them more. They may be perfect for your moist soil, if not too wet...
when is the best time to plant them in Ohio, and if they need a male and female plant to produce berries what is the max on how far for planting?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The nice thing about the Nellie Steven holly evergreen, is you could plant them anytime of year, the tree itself does not care. But we recommend to get them in the ground ate least 4-6 weeks before your ground freezes.
Will holly trees or bushes grow in Nebraska?
Doyle R on Oct 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: According to the zone map listed under Nellie Stevens Holly, it's not recommended - see the map at the bottom of the page here:

Although not recommended, that's not saying they won't grow but most likely at a slower rate and with a higher risk of not surviving. I have several of these along the side of my house, and they are growing like mad - of course I'm in NC with a warmer climate. I also have several in a shaded area which are barely growing so full sun recommended.
The berries on my Nellie Stevens are green not red. Why?
Mary E on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They should turn red as the season changes.

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