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Nellie Stevens Holly

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'


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-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.

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

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

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

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

2oz. Packet

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

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

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

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

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 6-9
(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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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.
January 1, 2013
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I now have 12 of these plants and I just love them. I live in Kansas them are doing great with our 100+ degrees as well as long cold winters.
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
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 4 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.
January 1, 2013
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 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 4 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!
January 1, 2013
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
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.

Questions & Answers

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Beautifull. Can't wait for more growth
Mary Lou S on Feb 27, 2017
I like that they are fast growing for privacy.
Elizabeth C on Feb 20, 2017
Beautifull. Can't wait for more growth
Mary Lou S on Feb 27, 2017
Privacy border, benefit wildlife.
Gayle E on Feb 26, 2017
I like that they are fast growing for privacy.
Elizabeth C on Feb 20, 2017
on the fence on getting a holly but your ideas on trimming and maintaining sold me
darlene p on Feb 19, 2017
I want to grow a very dense wall of trees for a privacy fence. I only ordered one to make sure it will grow just like you said. If it does I will order a whole lot more of them. I need about 20 of them, I hope these will work.
Michelle B on Feb 16, 2017
Fast growing, sun & part sun, drought resistant.
Melissa B on Feb 16, 2017
Looking for 20 foot privacy and deer resistant.
Edith S on Jan 7, 2017
Rabbits love them.. Protection required..
G S M on Dec 3, 2016
Beautiful leaves, strong sturdy trunk, bought 8 of them, love these trees
tom d on Dec 2, 2016
I was looking for an evergreen, fastgrowing, hardy shrub for privacy. Based on your description, this seemed a good choice.
Klaus W on Nov 18, 2016
Want privacy
Wendy F on Nov 8, 2016
easy to grow and will help to provide privacy from neighbors.
Dianna D on Oct 27, 2016
Fast growing and shade tolerant. Good as privacy screen.
Thunga S on Oct 16, 2016
David B on Oct 16, 2016
The county gave people an easement through my front yard so I need a privacy hedge.
Leslie C on Oct 10, 2016
Help screen next door neighbors
Cheryl L on Oct 4, 2016
Fast growing, pretty berries
Donna K on Sep 29, 2016
I like the them
Sherman L on Sep 25, 2016
attracts birds and evergreen
Kay M on Sep 21, 2016
I am looking to block off the neighbors and these seemed to be the perfect choice. They looked beautiful when they arrived and they thrived even though I severely neglected them this summer.
Sara B on Sep 19, 2016
Should grow in to a nice privacy screen
Spencer P on Sep 18, 2016
make a hedge
James C on Sep 11, 2016
Privacy hopefully and I need plants other than the Green Giant to do the job
Allison S on Sep 7, 2016
Wanted evergreen plants tall enough for privacy but not too tall
Patricia W on Sep 5, 2016
On either side of large window
Tosha Kurzynke F on Sep 5, 2016
Great plants in bad soil
Paul C on Aug 29, 2016
Evergreen privacy Hedge
TERRI W on Aug 27, 2016
I chose this particular plant for a border of my property for a natural fence.
william e on Aug 21, 2016
dense foliage, deer resistant
leslie l on Jul 24, 2016
Yes, This item is beautiful and full of life all year. I have one in my back yard i love it.
Cynthia S on Jul 17, 2016
Need a privacy hedge and love how fast growing and thick they are
Dianne V on Jul 17, 2016
Bought these for a privacy screen between our house and a new house being built behind ours.
Randy P on Jul 4, 2016
berries in the winter for the birds.
Michele F on Jul 3, 2016
irene u on Jun 17, 2016
To add a screen and create privacy area. Contrast in color and leaves.
Shane V on Jun 12, 2016
Need a privacy hedge for my backyard that is backing up to a new subdivision.
Brenda C on Apr 22, 2016
It is what I am wanting.
Evelyn d on Apr 17, 2016
Need to block street view ASAP.
Karl F on Apr 16, 2016
I wanted something that would survive the cold winters of New England, and still provide a privacy screen all year round.
Robert S on Apr 13, 2016
Pleased with the holly I already have, so it was only natural that I wanted to purchase some more. Evergreen and a beautiful shade of glossy green it is!
J. H. S on Apr 8, 2016
I wanted a fast development natural fence, and I'm looking forward to seeing how much difference this makes at our home! Such a nice way to keep our privacy.
Rachel T on Apr 5, 2016
Great privacy!!
paula r on Apr 3, 2016
Daniel F on Apr 2, 2016
I need a big green wall
David J on Mar 25, 2016
good reviews
Timothy W on Mar 25, 2016
the reviews look good and liked the sight.
raymond g on Mar 23, 2016
Mostly for privacy and hardiness
Kevin M on Mar 16, 2016
I picked these Trees for the corners of our House !!!!! We have Holly bushes .
Now there match. Excited to get them !!!!!
Nancy B on Mar 13, 2016
Privacy, dark green leaves and red berries.
Burdette P on Mar 13, 2016
We need a privacy bush along a path. This tree had great reviews.
Dwight S on Mar 9, 2016
Privacy border, benefit wildlife.
Gayle E on Feb 26, 2017
on the fence on getting a holly but your ideas on trimming and maintaining sold me
darlene p on Feb 19, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Partial sun for my area means filters sun at best. Will I still get the red berries and dark green leaves?
Mauer on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Nellie Stevens Hollies need sun to develop the red berries. They prefer full sun, but will grow in partial sun, which means 3 to 6 hours of direct sun per day.
I had 3 Nellie Stevens planted a year and a half ago in what I think is mosly clay/ sand soil conditions near NJ coast and with, unfortunately, no wind barriers . After the 2 winters , they have lost almost half their leaves . Last summer they recovered most of their leaves and berried well . I'm worried that the poor soil conditions and lack of wind barrier will prevent them from becoming the gorgeous Nellie Stevens I had on my PA property What do you reccommend?
Susan U on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could try fertilizing in the spring and fall with special fertilizer made for acid-loving plants. Holly Tone is one brand, but there are many. Also pruning, cut off the top of the tree, or any dead branches. This will cause buds in the interior of the tree to sprout, and the tree will have a fuller look. You can also hedge or prune these trees for shape. Always cut back to a leaf to hide your pruning cuts.
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 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.
What time of year do you plant them?
Alysha F on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For The Central Texas area where I live, it is best to plant early spring. I always wait 1 week after Easter due to that last season heavy frost.
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.
I got 4 of these were doing great then they all dropped there leaves. Is that normal? Margie Eastern Washington State.
Margie S on Dec 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: How long after you planted them did they fall off? If it was a few days then it might just be the shock of the transplant. If not, what type of soil did you plant them in. Mine are doing great and are on their second winter. Leaves have never fell off.

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