Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

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Taxonomy (1,2)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Common name: Nellie R. Stevens Holly

General Information (1,2,3)

Region of Origin: Hybrid between Ilex aquifolium and Ilex cornuta
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 6-9
Growth Habit: Large shrub to small tree

  • Size: 15-25 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Flowering: Spring
  • Fruiting: Winter

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1,2,3)

  • Arrangement: Alternate
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Oblong
  • Other: 2-4 inches

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(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

Flower (1,2,3)

  • Perfect/Imperfect: Imperfect
  • Color: White

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

Fruit (1,2,3)

  • Fruit type: Berry
  • Size: <0.5 inch
  • Color: Red (Green, immature fruit in picture)

(Photo by Heather Castleberry)

Horticultural Information (2,3)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • pH: Acidic
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Hedge, screen, border, attract birds
  • Other: Drought tolerant


1) Dirr, M. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their identification, ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. 4th Ed. (1975). Stipes Publishing Company.
2) Gilman, E. Watson, D. Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ Holly. Fact Sheet. (1993).
3) Scheper, J. (1997). Floridata.

Prepared by Heather Castleberry as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek