Growing Zones: 6-9 outdoors(hardy down to 0℉)
This plant may not thrive in your area
- Mature Height:
- 15-25 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 5-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'
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Popular Hedge for Complete Year-Round Privacy
Why Nellie Stevens Hollies?
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.
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And because they grow as much as 2 to 3 feet per year without pruning, they're truly one-of-a-kind. 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.
But the best part? We plant, grow and nurture our Nellie Stevens for best results. That means you get effortless, amazing-growing benefits without hassle on your part. Once your Nellie is shipped to your door, it's ready to grow and adapt easily in your own landscape.
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!
Customer Reviews & Photos
Beautiful trees thru the mail
Have had issues with other companies when ordering live trees thru the mail. Most of the time they came in dead, fungus coated because they sat some place or at the wrong time of the year. I live on the west coast so planting times are different. I decided to take a chance with this company since it was still early in the fall. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the trees and shipping/packaging. Came in perfect. Just need to watch over them and try and protect from the Elk that walk thru the area. I plan on ordering more from this company in the future.
So far, so good
We’ve planted them, and now we’ll see how they do. We have a tough situation: heavy clay soil and tons of trees (therefore, lots of shade). We are experiencing problems with erosion, which is why we are looking for fast growing trees. The trees arrived in good, healthy condition. Thank you FGT’s customer service for helping me make a proper choice.
We're off to a great start
My plant came in on time and was in great condition. I opened it and gave it water as recommended then placed it in the house until the next day - at which time we placed it with the root rocket as instructed and it's been a couple of weeks. The plant is happy so far and seems to be speading out already. I think it's going to be beautiful when it grows up a bit. So far it has dark leaves and stnds up straight and is relaxed now and the limbs are reaching out. I can't wait to see it this time next year.
The plant arrived in excellent condition and it seems to be very healthy.
We planted 30 scattered around the perimeters of our property to create natural privacy during the winter months We purchased 10 in the Spring of 2019 and only one didn't make it and one is doing great even has loads of berries. Just planted 20 this month so we shall see! All the plants are delivered healthy.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Choose a planting area with full sun to partial shade (4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). 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.
To plant your Nellie (be sure to wear gloves), dig a hole as deep as the tree’s root ball and twice as wide. 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.
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. Mulch around your tree with shredded hardwood or pine straw.
2. 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 to 60 degrees in the winter, it doesn’t hurt to give your Nellie Stevens Holly trees a drink.
3. 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.
4. Fertilizing: Fertilize Hollies in the spring and fall with special fertilizer made for acid-loving plants. Holly-Tone is widely used for fertilizing.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zone 6||Week of March 30th|
|Zones 7 - 11||Ships Now!|