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85.‘Nellie R. Stevens’ Holly


Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

 

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
6 – 9
Height:
15 – 25
Spread:
about 1/2 – 2/3
Habit:
Evergreen shrub or small, broad pyramidal tree
Light:
Sun to partial shade
Soil:
Moist, well-drained, fertile soil preferable
Flowers:
inconspicuous
Fruit:
red, rounded, 1/4 – 1/3 diameter
Landscape use:
Useful for hedges, screens or barriers; good ornamental usage
History:
Hybrid between I. cornuta and I. aquifolium; released by 1954; named for owner, Nellie R. Stevens, Oxford, MD
Pests\Problems:
None serious
Significant Features:
Lustrous dark green leaves; heavily fruited; relatively fast growing; one of the best hollies in the southern states

 

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