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Ilex 'Whoa Nellie'

Whoa Nellie Holly

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Item #: 9676

Zones: 6a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 180" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

When I visited Mike Dirr's UGA trial gardens in 2001, I was struck by a golden sport of Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'. Mike shared cuttings and later allowed us to name the plant Ilex 'Whoa Nellie' after the well-known football line of famed sportscaster, Keith Jackson. Ilex 'Whoa Nellie' makes a 12' tall x 8' wide evergreen specimen in 10 years with new growth that is bright gold, contrasted with old inner foliage which retains the dark green color. When grown near a male pollinator, Ilex 'Whoa Nellie' will produce a superb crop of bright red berries in fall and winter. We think this is a truly superb specimen plant for the garden that can also be used for a colorful evergreen hedge.