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104.‘Nellie R. Stevens’ Holly

Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
6 to 9
15 to 25 ft. broadly pyramidal
Approximately 1/3 height
Large evergreen shrub or small broad pyramidal tree



Red, rounded, ¼ to 1/3 inch; heavily fruitful but not persistent
Landscape use:
Very vigorous and relatively fast-growing; one of the best hollies for the southern states and one of the most commonly used
Named for the owner, Nellie R. Stevens, Oxford, MD, it was released by G.A. Van Lennep, Jr. in 1954
None noted
Significant Features:
Leaves are lustrous, dark green, slightly bullate, with 2 or 3 teeth on each side


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