Scientific Name Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Common Name Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Hardiness Zone 6 to 9
Size 15 to 25' tall - to 15' wide
Growth Rate Fast
Exposure Full to partial sun
Group Tree - Evergreen
Characteristics Broad, pyramidal, dense to ground.
Alternate, simple, 2 to 3" long leaves, half as wide, two to three spines on each side. Often 3 spines near the apex. Twist or curl down the midrib.
Red berries Autumn and Winter (green first).
Female flowers can be pollinated by male Ilex cornuta.
Landscape Uses One of the best all round hollies for the South.
Use several as a windcreak, privacy screen or security barrier.
Plant Ilex cornuta nearby for berries.
Can be pruned to a tree form.
History Thought to be a hybrid betwen Ilex cornuta and Ilex aquifolium, it was named for the owner, Nellie R. Stevens of Maryland. There is a male clone that may be used as a pollinator - 'Edward J. Stevens'.