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Nellie Stevens Holly

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'


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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
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant

Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

5-10 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


5-6 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Popular Holly Hedge Offers Complete Year-Round Privacy

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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.
January 1, 2013
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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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 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.
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
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!
January 1, 2013
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
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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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Trees arrived in great shape and we planted them a week later and they look great. I look forward to them maturing.
January 1, 2013
over 5 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
January 1, 2013

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.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Need a nice, healthy sound and view barrier. We had Leyland Cypresses before, and they got all diseased plus they really don't get dense down at the ground level. We are looking forward to the lovely berries to attract birds this winter.
Donna C on Aug 9, 2017
Like the shape and the red winter berries
Joseph P on Jul 23, 2017
Need a nice, healthy sound and view barrier. We had Leyland Cypresses before, and they got all diseased plus they really don't get dense down at the ground level. We are looking forward to the lovely berries to attract birds this winter.
Donna C on Aug 9, 2017
I bought the Nellie Stevens Holly for privacy and security where fence isn't allowed. Hopefully criminals will be deterred by the pricky leaves and dense nature of this Holly.
Tony J on Aug 6, 2017
Like the shape and the red winter berries
Joseph P on Jul 23, 2017
your website indicated the order qualified for free shipping...it appears that is not going to happen....why?
ralph b on Jul 23, 2017
I did not order this tree
Lorraine S on Jul 20, 2017
Evergreen and zone
Starla L on Jul 12, 2017
Diversify my yard
David C on Jul 12, 2017
It will grow in my zone.
Jane T on Jul 2, 2017
I choose this variety for its ability to grow quickly and to add a little privacy to my yard.
Mark B on Jun 23, 2017
It is exactly what I was looking for! Perfect.
Kathy C on Jun 21, 2017
I chose these for practicality in attracting birds while offering a beautiful looking backdrop. I favored their growth rate and hardiness along with easy maintenance.
William O on Jun 15, 2017
From your description and I also has a lot of wild holly trees in the woods behind me and you could appreciate the green foliage during the winter months so it seems like the perfect privacy fence
Frank K on Jun 7, 2017
I had these in west TX. They didn't do well. I think it was too hot for them.
Yvonne B on Jun 7, 2017
These trees were getting good reviews. Hopefully, they will fit our need to replace trees which had to be cut down.
beverly w on Jun 4, 2017
Privacy hedge
Patrick A on May 29, 2017
fast growing privacy
william f on May 29, 2017
i need a tree private fence
heriberto i on May 23, 2017
Wanted a fast growing shrub that grows tall and provides privacy. These fit the bill perfectly.
Rick F on May 22, 2017
Fast growing plants, not available at local nurseries
Irene M on May 19, 2017
Fast growing, green all year, privacy screen.
Daniel H on May 10, 2017
i am thrilled to find a fast growing tree privacy. i am planting my first order from you today. the plant look healthy.
virginia s on May 3, 2017
I need a privacy hedge and the reviews were positive
Diane S on May 3, 2017
Need a hearty fast-growing-low-maintenance shrub that is deer resistant and provides a lot of coverage. From what I've read this one should meet my needs.
Ted R on May 2, 2017
Am looking for fast growing hedge
Terri N on May 1, 2017
My home was mauled by super storm "SANDY" and it's now time to replace the landscaping. I lost seven holly trees so I want to see what this Nellie Stevens Holly looks like, and I'll go from there.
ROGER PAUL M on Apr 30, 2017
good screening for shade area
Emily Jane M on Apr 29, 2017
We were looking for an attractive barrier that would separate our property from the roadway. From what I read this holly can withstand direct sun and draught conditions and is supposed to make a good hedge.....we'll see!
Karin T on Apr 29, 2017
Want a Holly that is green year around and grows tall and slim.
David B on Apr 27, 2017
Wind break for my greenhouse
David S on Apr 25, 2017
Same as for the Cypress trees. Want to mix up what I grow along the back of the house. The Cypress will be separated from the Holly trees by 3 large pine trees in the middle of the yard. Should provide a nice transition between 3 different types of trees.
Gary D on Apr 21, 2017
I was looking for a hearty screening tree with little maintenance and rapid growth.
james g on Apr 20, 2017
stays green all year and provides protection to birds
Ellen C on Apr 19, 2017
quick growth, beautiful shape and color
Alan L on Apr 18, 2017
block view of neighbor in winter
John B on Apr 18, 2017
Sturdy with quick growth.
Angela B on Apr 12, 2017
Looking for a pretty fast growing hedge. Going to try just one at first and see if the animals will try to eat it if it's in the pasture. If not, we will probably get more.
Priscilla C on Apr 12, 2017
My wife!!!
William B on Apr 10, 2017
for privacy
Hamida U on Apr 9, 2017
The Nellie Steven Holly will sit at the corner of one of our flower beds - at the corner of our house. We wanted a low maintenance shrub that was eye-catching as well.
Ted E on Apr 7, 2017
wanted to make a beautiful statement on the streetside of our house. will plant with the double pink knock out roses to complete the no maintenance area. can't wait to see how it looks coming down the street.
SHARON L on Apr 7, 2017
to replace the 5 Nellie Stevens that did not make it through the winter. I need an additional 10 Nellie Stevens to finish the back fence line, but am waiting for a better sell to by them
Bob T on Apr 6, 2017
Recommended by a tree expert
Cheryl Burks H on Apr 6, 2017
Kelli F on Apr 5, 2017
Want thick privacy screen that is evergreen.
Derek D on Apr 4, 2017
Privacy hedge under large conifer canopy
James C on Apr 4, 2017
Can't bet these...always green and the birds love them
Michael B on Mar 27, 2017
The written description appealed to my need for a good barrier that can survive in so-so soil.
Marion E on Mar 26, 2017
Red berries, fast growing and use as screen along back fence
Travis P on Mar 25, 2017
Growing well ,happy .
Ethel M on Mar 22, 2017
Beautiful and when they mature they will be a wonderful privacy from our neighbors.
Jamie F on Mar 20, 2017
I bought the Nellie Stevens Holly for privacy and security where fence isn't allowed. Hopefully criminals will be deterred by the pricky leaves and dense nature of this Holly.
Tony J on Aug 6, 2017
your website indicated the order qualified for free shipping...it appears that is not going to happen....why?
ralph b on Jul 23, 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How would one compare American vs Nellie Stevens hollies? What are the major differences going to be?
Dutch on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: American Holly requires a male tree (flowers, no berries) in the neighborhood. Nellie Steviens does not
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.
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.
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.
Do the Nellie Stevens attract bees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie Stevens holly does attract bees, butterflies, and birds.
How wide does this tree grow?
Dan C on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie Stevens hollies can grow anywhere from 6-10 ft wide when fully mature if you never trim it.
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.
Do deer eat nellie stevens?
donna r on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have to differ. Deer chewed mine to the ground about six months after planting suggest fence untill bigger.
This 1-2 ft Nellie Stevens Holly, what size pot is it planted in? Thanks.
Luis C on Jul 30, 2015
As a rule they will be 1-2 gallon pots.
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..
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: Perhaps the holly need some trimming/thinning out so the lower branches get more sunlight? I know of no evergreen nor deciduous holly that naturally produces berries only on the top.
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.
Ca you prune Nellie Stevens into a tree?
Darlene A. on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Actually you can prune the Nellie Stevens into a tree. Our holly is now almost 15 ft tall and we've pruned the lower branches so it now resembles a tree. We pruned a little every March, making sure we didn't take too much off. It's doing quite well. Good luck!
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.
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.
will this grow in full shade?
penelope a on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Full sun to PARTIAL shade is recommended. My personal experience is the more sun the better,
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.
Will Nellie Stevens tolerate mostly shade with dappled sunlight?
Joan J on Dec 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I put in 20+ of them, some in direct sunlight and some in shady areas, they all have done pretty well in central nj
Can Nellie r Stevens be planted in zone 5 ?
Jackie on Dec 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We live in Maryland (about 30 miles W of Baltimore) and planted ours in April 2015. So far so good - they are growing but not at the 2 to 3 ft. per year. We expect that type of growth now that they are established and look forward to it! The trees are very healthy and we are pleased with our purchase.
How fast does it grow?
Clayton E on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the Midwest, in a shaded area, about 1 ft per year.
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.

Can they grow and survive in partial shade?
Susan G on May 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, ours has done very well in partial shade.
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: The Nellie Stevens holly typically make berries early fall through late winter, depending on your area.

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