Ilex: Nellie R. Stevens Latin Name: ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
The Basics This upright evergreen shrub has smooth green leaves creating lush foliage. It produces small white flowers that bloom in spring and bright orange-red berries pollinated by male Chinese hollies. Rapidly growing up to 15-25 feet tall (10 feet wide), this plant as ideally used as a shrub, border, small tree, tall hedge and privacy screen.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Drought tolerant Soil Conditions: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil; Adapts well to almost any soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 6-9
The Care This upright evergreen needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Once mature, shearing is recommended to maintain desired shape.