Nellie R.Stevens Holly Hedging – Ilex Mutchagara Nellie R. Stevens


Nellie R. Stevens Holly, botanically known as Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, is an attractive and robust hybrid holly that makes a superior choice for hedging. Here’s an in-depth look at why it’s such an excellent pick:

Nellie R. Stevens Holly, botanically known as Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, is an attractive and robust hybrid holly that makes a superior choice for hedging. Here’s an in-depth look at why it’s such an excellent pick:

Aesthetically Pleasing
The Nellie R. Stevens Holly is known for its rich, deep green, glossy foliage and vibrant red berries. The distinctive pyramidal growth habit adds architectural interest, providing an eye-catching display throughout the year. The contrast between the lush leaves and the bright berries during the winter season creates a spectacular visual appeal that enriches any garden.

Adaptability to the UK Climate
Nellie R. Stevens Holly is exceptionally well-adapted to the UK climate. It is resistant to cold and frost, tolerating temperatures down to -15°C, and can thrive in a variety of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade. This makes it an excellent choice for nearly all UK locations, from urban gardens to rural landscapes.

Comparison to Other Hedging Options
Compared to other hedging choices, Nellie R. Stevens Holly stands out with its excellent disease and pest resistance, coupled with its dense growth that provides excellent privacy and windbreak. The plant’s versatility allows for a variety of uses, such as screening, accent planting, and even as a standalone feature.

Wildlife Friendly
Nellie R. Stevens Holly provides substantial support to local wildlife. The red berries are a popular food source for birds during winter, and the dense foliage offers an excellent shelter and nesting site.

Care and Requirements
This type of Holly is adaptable to a variety of soil types, provided they are well-drained. While it is drought-tolerant once established, regular watering is recommended in the first few years and during prolonged dry periods. For best growth and berry production, annual feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial. Pruning should ideally be done in late spring, but this plant tolerates heavy pruning well, if required.

In summary, Nellie R. Stevens Holly offers the perfect blend of beauty, resilience, and versatility, making it a superb choice for hedging in the UK. Its remarkable adaptability, stunning aesthetics, low maintenance requirements, and wildlife benefits contribute to its popularity among gardeners and landscapers. Whether you’re seeking a stunning border or a natural habitat for local wildlife, Nellie R. Stevens Holly is a choice that would certainly not disappoint.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A

Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

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