|'Nellie J. Stevens' has a true holly look being a large evergreen shrub or small, broad, pyramidal tree 15 to 25 feet high. The red berries are 1/3 inch in diameter and are abundant. Stems are purple and the foliage is a lustrous dark green. Leaves are small, with 2 or 3 teeth on each side. Needs rich, slightly acidic soil. Male pollinators include Ilex cornuta and 'Edward J. Stevens'. Very vigorous and relatively fast growing. One of the best hollies for the southern states.