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Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ | ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ Hybrid Holly
STRENGTHS
Evergreen, vigorous grower and popular. ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ is too large for average residential setting, but useful and reliable for larger landscapes. Still, I prefer the less pricey and smaller more textured leaf look of alternative Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’.
MY BAD ATTITUDE ABOUT HOLLIES
My bad attitude about hollies comes from the fact that many outgrow their homes and overwhelm and sometimes obliterate whatever is close by. Often planted as screens in tight spaces, when a much less burly plant would be better. Once overgrown, it is a project to remove them. They can be very nice when treated as small trees, given space and allowed to take on a more natural state. I like hollies pruned up as well to expose the branching. Also, the shinier the leaf, the more fake they look to me. Therefore I’m not a fan of Ilex cornuta. Of large leaved hollies, my favorite is the native Ilex opaca. I do not have a bad attitude about small leaved hollies, on the contrary. Ilex crenata or Ilex vomitoria are fabulous.
CARE
Occassionally gets winter burn, simply prune out.
NOTES
This plant is only a female. Can be pollinated by male I. cornuta. id by leaf curving down as if around a curler, chartruese bark, leaf growth all the way in. Leaves have prominant but few spikes. (I. cornuta x I. aquifolium).
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
available at Merrifield
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 7 – 9 | full sun to part shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium to fast
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 15′ to 20′/8′ to 15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. tall, always pyramidal, branches horizontal
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2″-3″ lustrous dark green, 5 to 6 spikes, soft and flexible, long and more oval shaped than anything else (not as “cornuta” or crown shaped)
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | lustrous dark green, very consistant
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | small white in spring
BERRIES | heavy fruiting
BARK | new growth is chartruese

NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL does well in moist to dry

Monrovia / Ilex x Nellie R. Stevens
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