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Fastest Growing Holly  

The Nellie Steven Holly, Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens', is a very fast growing evergreen that provides year-round privacy. With a growth rate of up to three feet a year, it is an ideal choice for privacy screens and hedges.

The Nellie Stevens Holly is naturally dense and grows to a large pyramidal shape, maturing at 15-25 feet with a spread of 8-10 feet. However, it can be easily shaped into a tall box hedge or even a small tree.

Its leaves are a beautiful, glossy dark green color all year long, even in the heat of summer.

You’ll love the petite, creamy white flowers in the spring, a sure sign that your holly will produce an abundance of brilliant red berries. The crimson berries against dark green leaves makes for a stunning winter display.

The winter interest is the main reason for owning a holly. Cut branches to decorate your home during the holidays. You can also watch as the birds enjoy the berries right off the shrub.

The Nellie Stevens Holly is as durable as it is beautiful. It is becoming more popular with landscapers for its' fast growth rate and hardiness. It also can withstand more shade than any other evergreen. They can also withstand poor soil, drought, summer heat and even neglect.

Plant the Nellie Stevens Holly five to six feet apart to achieve complete privacy with a living wall, or use it as an accent to create texture and color in your yard.

* Fast Growing Holly
* Abundant Brilliant Red Berries
* Shade Tolerant
* Great for Privacy and as a Hedge



Plant Facts

Family Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Foliage Dark Green
Mature Height 15 - 25 Feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Soil Adaptable
Zones 6-9
Moisture Moderate
Mature Form Pyramidal
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color White
Fall Color Evergreen
Bloom Period Spring

Nellie Stevens Holly.

Rating: 4.7/5 based on 6 review(s)
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Fast growing - loves sun Review by Freddy
I bought 8 to help create some privacy. They do grow very fast but there are 3 not as tall. They get a fair amount of shade from an old Oak towering over them. The ones in full sun are over a foot taller.
coming along nicely Review by michelle of the sierra foothills
I got 6 of these which I planted up by the road last fall. It's a tough spot, hard packed soil and sometimes the snowplow dumps there. This spring they looked fine, not much taller yet, but thick and full. I planted a chinese male holly amongst them right as the blooms started popping out, and sure enough I have many clusters of berries just coming out. I did see a bunch of leaves drop recently, but I read online these will sometimes drop up to 1/3 their leaves in spring as a normal shedding process. They seem to be growing new growth so I think it's all good. Hope to get some real height out of them soon.
Beautiful Holly Review by Will
Love the shade tolerance !
Fast growing Review by Bob in OH
The Nellie Stevens is the fastest growing holly I have ever seen, bar none.
Plant description Review by Dasher
I planted these in zone 5, on the edge of zone 6, and they seem to be doing fine. I would hate to lose them as they are so dense, which I love.

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