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Nellie Stevens Holly

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'


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-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- 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.

Coarse 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- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-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.

Tree Gator

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.



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Botanical Name:

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

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Popular Hedge for Complete Year-Round Privacy

The Nellie Stevens has soared in popularity. Why? Well, for starters, it's the ideal selection for both hedging and privacy screening, especially since it grows up to 3 feet each year.

Plus, it thrives on neglect. No green thumb is no problem since they grow in sun or partial shade. And you'll appreciate how these holly trees stay deep green year-round, unlike other hedge trees that can brown out during either the summer heat or mild droughts.

Plant each Nellie Stevens Holly 5 to 6 feet apart for a living wall that gives you complete privacy, no holes and no gaps. You control how they grow - whether that's naturally into a dense, pyramidal shape that matures at 15 to 25 feet in height, or pruned into a tall box hedge.

And because they grow as much as 2 to 3 feet per year without pruning, they're truly one-of-a-kind. When they reach your desired height, just clip off the leader. This will slow the Holly down and cause it to thicken.

Best of all, these Hollies are versatile and make perfect accents at the corners of your home, planting beds, or entryways. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast to surrounding trees and shrubs.

Furthermore, during the winter months, you'll enjoy the Nellie Stevens' red berries against its deep green foliage. Clip off a few branches to decorate your home for the holidays. Dazzling, graceful wildlife also emerges since those berries attract an array of birds.

You won't find a better privacy screen at such a low price. These will sell out shortly, so hurry and grab a few Nellie Stevens of your own!

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Customer Reviews

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Nellie Stevens
Arrived healthy and sized as listed. I’m very pleased with this purchase and impressed with the care taken with their packaging.
December 14, 2018
2 months ago
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Look Great in Yard
My compliments on your shipping and packaging. Plants arrived November 17, 2018 as promised. Of the twenty (20) plants I ordered only two had broken branches. Plants arrived well watered, wrapped and protected.
I must say I was a bit apprehensive about ordering plants online. You did a great job and delivered as I had been informed by your staff you would.

Ken Koch
Clovis Ca,
November 21, 2018
2 months ago
Beauty at a fair price!
I have planted 5 of the Nellie Stevens shrubs .. 2 sometime ago and 3 recently. All shrubs were received in excellent condition. the 2 planted sometime ago are simply beautiful and grew at a fairly fast pace. The 3 , planted recently are doing well and I am looking forward to their continued growth.
November 4, 2018
4 months ago
Small but Shiny
I now proudly have three Nellie Stevens Hollies in my yard. I'm patient and will be so proud of them when they grow to be a bit of a wind barrier to my backyard and provide year round green!
October 23, 2018
3 months ago
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So far so good! Plants arrived healthy and packaged very well! I love the follow up emails with care instructions. Check back in the spring to see how they are doing!
Hopefully blocking our neighbor next summer!
Hopefully blocking our neighbor next summer!
October 14, 2018
4 months ago
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Nellie Stevens Holly
Nellie Stevens Holly is an excellent tree it has already grown 3" after being planted 3 weeks ago.........................................................................................................................................................................................................
September 21, 2018
5 months ago
Very happy tree owner
I ordered 6 trees that came well packaged.I had no clue on what or how these would arrive. They arrived in perfect condition! Very strong bush. I'm so happy,I ordered 7 more. I cannot wait til they grow up and block lot behind me. Stay posted.
September 18, 2018
4 months ago
I got a small one but it grows fast. Now it’s the height I want, next year it will really fill out. I’m very happy with the health of this tree.
August 29, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Still waiting
Just after the warranty was up, 1 died. I ordered 10 of these, and I planted them exactly as instructed, but they are not growing as fast as stated. I guess to get a fence of hedges I should have ordered 20. At this rate it will not be what I want for 5 years or more. Some are very thin, and some are full. I spent over $200 and I expected a better quality.
August 23, 2018
1 year ago
Nellie Stevens Holly
They arrived in perfect condition and were even bigger than I expected. I left them in their pots to get acclimated to our hot climats and planted them after the weather cooled a bit here in west Texas. So far they are doing great.
August 14, 2018
6 months ago
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Planting & Care

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

Nellie Stevens Holly Planting Diretions

The Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens') is a perfect specimen tree because of its bright red winter berries, but it also makes a great plant for a privacy or security hedge. (Nobody wants to try to get through the thorny leaves on this plant!) This fast growing holly variety is hardy in USDA zones 6-9, making it the perfect tree for all but the coldest high plains and rocky mountain areas. Nellie Stevens Hollies grow to a mature height of 15-25 feet pushing out roughly 3 feet of growth per year. This makes them ideal foundation plants or trees for the corner of your house. The mature width is 5-10 feet in a mostly conical or pyramid form. They love acidic soil, and will grow where many other trees won’t.

If planting as a specimen tree, leave at least 10 feet in diameter around the tree for it to spread out. If planting as a hedge, place plants eight to ten feet apart. They grow quickly and will fill in. Plant the Nellie Stevens Holly at the corner of your yard as a beautiful, pyramid-shaped focal point or as a hedge along your property line.

Planting directions: Hollies are broad leaf evergreens, and can dry out in the winter, the best time to plant these trees is in the spring to early fall. This gives them time to establish a good root system before winter sets in. Choose a planting area with full sun to partial shade. They need the sun to develop the pretty red fruits, and while hollies have both “male” and “female” plants, Nellie Stevens is a variety that produces berries reliably without a “male” around for pollination.


1) To plant and grow these trees, first you need a pair of sturdy leather gloves. The leaves have little thorns on them, so wearing gloves while handling them is a must!
2) To plant you holly tree (wearing your gloves) dig a hole as deep as the tree’s root ball and twice as wide.
3) Remove the tree from the container and place in the hole (this is where the gloves come in handy) If the tree’s root ball is situated lower than the surrounding soil, pick up the tree and add some more soil to the hole.
4) Fill in around the tree with a 50/50 blend of the native soil you removed from the planting hole and a mixture of gardening soil.
5) Mulch around your tree with shredded hardwood or pine straw. (Do not use crushed shells or other calcium-rich materials as mulch).

Watering: Nellie Stevens is fairly drought tolerant. Water new trees twice a week for the first two months. After two months, water once a week up until six months. At that time, the tree will be well-established and will only need extra water if it is very windy and sunny during the winter.

A good rule of thumb for watering broad leaf evergreens (trees with wide evergreen leaves) is to water deeply (count to forty on each plant) once a week for the month before the ground typically freezes. If you have several days above 50-60 degrees in the winter, it doesn’t hurt to give your Nellie Stevens Holly trees a drink.

Pruning: Holly trees grow tall and shapely without much pruning. If you want a bushier, rounder plant, cut off the top of the tree. 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.

Fertilizing: Fertilize holly trees in the spring and fall with special fertilizer made for acid-loving plants. Holly Tone is widely used for fertilizing.

Holly trees are underused in the landscape. People think they’re hard to grow, but they’re not—especially the Nellie Stevens variety. Nellie Stevens trees are particularly happy in Pacific Northwest and East Coast gardens because of the acidic soil. Nellie Stevens maintains a nice, conical shape as long as you don’t remove the top of the tree. In the winter, when all of your other trees are bare, Nellie Stevens is still a lustrous green with bright red berries.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
Your description
Andrea C on Jan 16, 2019
I was looking for an evergreen plant with berries
Amelia I on Dec 17, 2018
Your description
Andrea C on Jan 16, 2019
Beautiful full grown tree!
Beverly E on Jan 15, 2019
I was looking for an evergreen plant with berries
Amelia I on Dec 17, 2018
I need a fast growing hedge
valerie l on Nov 7, 2018
Needed something that grows fast & green all year long fence like !
Barbara A on Nov 6, 2018
Needed some variety.
H Sue L on Sep 23, 2018
I need privacy from a truck lot behind my house.
Regina T on Sep 16, 2018
Fast growing, good privacy, green all year
Kathy B on Sep 10, 2018
I want beautiful trees that grow fast
Ed R on Aug 27, 2018
We need a privacy hedge and sound buffer. Hoping these will do the a few years of course! Like that they’re evergreen and have pretty red berries and are deer resistant.
alice b on Aug 26, 2018
these trees look beautiful and what I want for my backyard
Simone B on Jul 22, 2018
Looks like it will grow to the right size that I'm looking for, give a little privacy and I love the fact that the birds love them.
Rebecca W on Jul 21, 2018
wanted a good hardy plant that stayed green year round.
Daniel E on Jul 10, 2018
They meet our needs. Exactly what we were looking for.
Alice M on Jun 27, 2018
Robert D on Jun 20, 2018
Quick growing evergreen that tolerates shade for a screen.
Anthony D on Jun 4, 2018
We had one in st louis mo and the birds loved it they ate the berries all winter long and built nests in it
james W on Jun 3, 2018
I want something evergreen for screening.
Daniel K on May 28, 2018
I needed a year round privacy tree that also feeds birds.
Douglas R E on May 23, 2018
Molly T on May 22, 2018
Grows in shade
anita m on May 20, 2018
it looked hardy and healthy and will be used as a property separation fence. I am tired of looking at the neighbors sloppy yard
Terri B on May 12, 2018
Privacy and attracting birds
andre M on May 12, 2018
type of soil
SEAN M on May 10, 2018
I have several others. They are so nice I want more. Green and healthy all year round!
Christina D on May 1, 2018
Lorraine B on Apr 21, 2018
Judy D on Apr 18, 2018
Fast growing & nice looking evergreen for the front entrance of my home.
Chasta F on Apr 9, 2018
Fast growth and low maintenance
JEFF on Mar 27, 2018
red berries in winter, right height. Does well in my area.
Michelle W on Mar 4, 2018
SUSAN N on Mar 1, 2018
I already have planted 7 Nellie Stevens on the back of my house property, now I need to complete the other corner of the property with the same kind of hedge. Nelie Stevens proved to the right kind of plant so far.
Edson B on Feb 22, 2018
We have lots of cardinals and small wildlife in our area. I hope this keeps them around and they will also provide some privacy.
John M on Feb 11, 2018
Fast growing, dense, evergreen hedge.
Mike A on Feb 8, 2018
I need them to cover edge in my front yard and because they are ever green and fast growing.
gila s on Jan 28, 2018
Evergreen to grow under power lines where large Colorado spruce trees were removed.
Mel S on Jan 28, 2018
It looked beautiful in the picture and it should grow quickly
Cheryl S on Dec 4, 2017
Just to try it out in New home.
Joe H on Dec 3, 2017
adding on to existing trees ordered
Michael M on Nov 29, 2017
Makes a beautiful Christmas tree outside.
Darla S on Nov 24, 2017
Need winter color in our garden
Stephen R on Nov 19, 2017
They are always green and good to block , beautiful plants and require little attention
Sohrab A on Nov 8, 2017
It has good reviews - low maintenance, grows fast and ideal for front yard, window privacy. So i thought of buying one.
Evangeline P on Nov 5, 2017
Makes a beautiful evergreen hedge!
Pamela N on Nov 5, 2017
For privacy and for the birds
sally a on Oct 27, 2017
Very pretty all year and privacy
Sandra B on Oct 22, 2017
Want a great privacy wall hedge. Green Giants get too tall. Looking forward to the pretty berries in the winter.
Sharon P on Oct 19, 2017
privacy and fast growing rate
Pam W on Oct 11, 2017
you had everthing I was looking for, can't find anything comperable in my area, thank you!
Rachel C on Sep 29, 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
Beautiful full grown tree!
Beverly E on Jan 15, 2019
I need a fast growing hedge
valerie l on Nov 7, 2018
Will root system damaged your foundation if planted at corner of home?
barbara h on May 5, 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.
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.
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.
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 deer eat nellie stevens?
donna r on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is rare but we did have some of them get eaten (bottom half) by hungry deer when snow was on the ground for about 3 weeks. It eventually filled back in but it took 2-3 years. Keep in mind when deer get hungry enough they’ll eat almost anything to prevent from starving.
Will this grow in clay soil ?
Blue 1 on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have Maryland red clay. Dug a wide deep hole (2ft diameter & 2 ft deep). Mixed clay with a 5 gal bucket of shreeded leaves and a 5 gal bucket of horse manure. The plants are loving it. Clay holes do not drain well - be careful not drown the plant.
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.
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.
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
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 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!
Do deer like to eat these? YES or No Question.
PMY1971 on Mar 31, 2015
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..
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.
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.
Does anyone have experience w/ them in Northern NJ?
Gourmet on Jun 28, 2014
How close to a chain link fence can you plant a Nellie Stevens holly ? We intend to create a privacy barrier, but do not want to infringe on the neighbors property or ruin the fence...
Elizabeth O on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Maybe keep then 4 or 5 feet off the fence? According to the site, they can get pretty big but ours are only between 4 to 5 feet tall and this will be their 3rd summer. If you keep up with trimming them it should be pretty manageable.
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,
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.
How far apart should I plant these to obtain a hedge in a few years?
Ken 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.

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.
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.
How fast does it grow?
Clayton E on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 2-3' per year.
Will holly trees or bushes grow in Nebraska?
Doyle R on Oct 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nellie Stevens hollies do well in growing zone 6-9. And it looks like most of your area is zone. The American holly may be better suited for your area.
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.
How would this plant survive in zip code 60084? I realize it is a little North of the optimal growing range.
A shopper on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: That area gets a little too cold for the Nellie Stevens Holly. The Willow Hybrid and Emerald Green Thuja are much more suited for your area.
Are they deer resistant?
Gourmet on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Planted 2 last year, no deer or other animal has snacked on it yet

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