Ilex mutchagara Nellie R Stevens
Ilex mutchagara Nellie R Stevens
Standard Holly

Ilex mutchagara Nellie R Stevens

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Clipped as a small standard, Ilex mutchagara 'Nellie R Stevens' offers an attractive flavour of formal structure to a garden. Perfect for adding rhythm along a herbaceous bed or planted in paired containers to make a statement; the shiny, evergreen foliage with its traditional prickles is always eye-catching.

Holly has a long history in Britain, the Druids (learned members of the Celtic population in Ancient Britain), regarded it as a symbol of fertility and eternal life, and ascribed it magical powers. A hardy, native plant, Holly berries provide a welcome feast in late winter for song thrushes, blackbirds, fieldfares and redwings.


Flowers: In the spring this native Holly produces insignificant self-fertilising white flowers which will lead to copious red berries from autumn onwards

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • West, east, north facing
  • Sheltered position

To retain shape clip in spring (once frosts have passed and after flowering), to remove any dead, diseased or damaged stems after the winter. Trim again in midsummer. Wear gloves due to spines