Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' is a large dense shrub or small tree with an upright oval crown. This female clone is valued for its dark glossy green foliage and masses of bright red berries in autumn and winter. This clone is parthenocarpic, setting some fruit without a male pollenator.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, large shrub, tree, small tree
sun, partial sun
Light green, inconspicuous.
Bright red berry-like fruit are a primary fall / winter feature
15 ft to 25 ft
5 ft to 8 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Medium Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
While Ilex cornuta is one of the parental species in this hybrid clone, Nellie R. Stevens Holly is not quite as heat or drought tolerant and tends to develop foliar chlorosis on neutral to high pH soils. On the up side it is cold hardy into USDA zone 6b with protection from drying winds.