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Nellie Stevens Holly CareView Full Planting & Care Instructions
Sunlight Plant your Holly in an area with full to partial sun - at least 4 hours of sunlight daily.
Watering Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Water when the soil is dry 2-3 inches down.
Fertilizing Fertilization isn't required for your Holly, but you can apply an evergreen fertilizer in the spring as needed.
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!
Nellie Stevens Holly Pollination
This holly is a female-only cultivar only and will not need a male holly in order to produce berries. One holly will produce berries, but will still benefit from other hollies planted nearby.
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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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 $129||$19.95|
|$129 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
|Mature Height:||15-25 ft.|
|Mature Width:||8-15 ft.|
|Botanical Name:||Ilex X 'Nellie R. Stevens'|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ,OR|
|Grows Well In Zones:||6-9 outdoors|
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Growing Zones: 6-9 outdoors(hardy down to 0℉)
Customer Reviews & Photos
All 10 plants are in the ground and appear to be doing well.
Nellie Stevens Holly
These are beautiful with bright green shiny leaves and mine are 4+ feet tall and very bushy and healthy. I can't wait to plant them in my front yard along with my other holly trees I got from you, for year round color and privacy. Thank you Fast Growing Trees!
Happy so far!
My holly arrived in a timely manner with only 1 branch broken off. I immediately planted and watered them in. So far they look just fine. I took a pic and will compare it to a pic I will take in about 6 months.
So far they are doing well ,we will see how they get going.Hopefully they keep growing and get big .
Trees lovely. Just waiting for them to grow!