Ilex X attenuata ‘Fosteri’

(Foster Holly)



Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Foster holly is a small to medium-sized, broadleaf evergreen tree with a dense, upright, pyramidal habit. It typically grows to a mature height of 20-30′ tall with a spread of 10-15′ unless pruned otherwise. Features glossy, dark olive green, elliptic to obovate, evergreen leaves (2-3″ long). Each leaf has 1-5 well-spaced, tiny, spiny, marginal teeth per side. Small white flowers bloom in late spring. Flowers are followed in fall by an abundant and showy crop of bright red berry-like drupes which persist throughout the winter.

Description

Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained, slightly acidic soils in full sun to part shade. Best berry production in full sun. Hollies are dioecious (separate male and female plants). However, foster holly is one of the few hollies in which female plants will produce fruit without fertilization from a male pollinator. Therefore, it is unnecessary to purchase a male foster holly for a planting.

Additional information

Common Name

Foster Holly

Botanical Name

Ilex X attenuata 'Fosteri'

Container/Amount

45 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

20 to 30'

Width

10 to 20'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

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