Ilex mutchagara ‘Nellie R Stevens’


Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ stands out with its dense, glossy green foliage and abundant clusters of vibrant red berries, creating a striking ornamental display. This beautiful evergreen holly hybrid forms a pyramidal, upright shape and its robust growth makes it an ideal choice for hedges, screens, or as a standalone focal point in landscapes, providing both privacy and aesthetic allure throughout the seasons with its lush foliage and festive berries.

Ilex mutchagara ‘Nellie R Stevens’ is often described as ‘the perfect quintessential; holly tree’ as it does everything you’d expect from a holly – grows anywhere, even in dark shade, has lustrous leaves with ‘just‘ the right amount of teeth, and produces decorative berries… what more could you want?

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Origin: Japan
Genus: Ilex
Species / Cultivar: mutchagara 'Nellie R Stevens'
Common Name: Holly
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ thrives in well-draining soil and prefers full sun to partial shade, adapting well to various soil types. Regular watering aids its growth, especially during its establishment period. This evergreen holly typically grows to heights of 4-8 metres with a similar spread, forming a pyramidal shape.

Minimal pruning is necessary to maintain its natural form, making it an excellent choice for hedges, screens, or as a standalone specimen. Its resilience, glossy foliage, and vibrant berries make it an enduring favourite for landscapes, providing both visual interest and privacy.


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