Ilex aquilifolium ‘Nellie R Stevens’ Holly

Description: A cross between English holly ilex aquifolium and Chinese holly ilex cornuta. It grows relatively fast in a neat pyramidal shape to about 6m. The emerald green leaves are thick and have teeth typically associated with the holly. This female holly is extremely fruitful and colourful when loaded with bright red berries in winter. It provides both food and nesting habitat for birds.

History: Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' was developed in Maryland and released to the nursery trade in 1954.

Ilex Growing Tips: Thrive in almost any well drained soil, in shade or sun. Most are tolerant of urban pollution and coastal conditions.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Conical
  • Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small

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