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Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' - winter berries
  • Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens'
  • Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' - winter berries
  • Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' - established plant

Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens'


(Stevens Holly) Ilex x 'Nellie R Stevens' is a rare large shrub or eventually very small tree with dark green leaves and masses of dark orange-red fruit in autumn/winter.

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A rare hybrid between Ilex aquifolium and Ilex cornuta, the prickly leaves are a very deep green, in fact some of the darkest green leaves of any plant. Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' is a female form and has masses of pretty, red fruit in late autumn and winter once established.

With a striking pyramidal habit once established, Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' is a handsome and unusual specimen plant!

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'  grows to be a large shrub or if unpruned, eventually a small tree with a pyramidal, upright habit.
    • Height: 6 m (20 ft).
    • Spread: 4 m (13 ft).
  • Notes: Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' is a female plant and requires a nearby male holly to fruit well.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large, Tree - Small
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Site: Coastal Areas
Special Features
Evergreen, Fruit - Ornamental, Screening/Hedge, Rare and Unusual

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