nelie stevens holly

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nelie stevens holly

Postby Jack63 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:55 am

I have a space about 3 1/2 ft wide where I want to plant a nelie stevens holly. Can this shrub be kept at that width? I would like it to grow up to 5 - 6ft tall. If not, any recommendations on a shrub that I can maintain in this type of space? It gets morning sun.

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Re: nelie stevens holly

Postby lorijones » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:03 pm

'Nellie Stevens' typically grows 15' - 25' tall and 8' - 12' wide. Though you could probably keep it within the bounds you require, it would take constant pruning and you would need to begin shaping it when it was small.

A better choice might be the small leaf holly, Ilex crenata. This is a more upright, compact species that is easier to shear.
The yew, Taxus'Hicksii', would be another choice. You could keep this sheared to fit in the required space.
Boxwood would be another suggestion. Buxus sempervirens, Buxus microphylla koreana, or Buxus microphylla japonica would be good boxwoods to consider. They can be sheared as needed to fit into the space you have.
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