Foster Holly

Foster Holly

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Ilex x attenuata Fosteri

History: In the early 1940's, E.E. Foster, from Bessemer Alabama, had gathered seed from female dahoon hollies (Ilex cassine) that happened to be growing next to some male American hollies (Ilex opaca) in his nursery.

Curious to see what this cross would produce, he grew hundreds of seedling, then selected the best of the lot. Five seedling passed inspection and became know as Foster hollies. Foster distributed cuttings of his hollies to nurserymen and horticulturists to grow and evaluate. #2 seedling was superior.

Photos of Foster Hollies are courtesy of Toms Creek Nursery in Denton, NC

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Tree
Foliage Type Evergreen
Height 20' - 30'
Spread 15' - 20'
Shape Pyramidal
Primary Foliage Color (Glossy) Dark Olive Green
Seasonal Foilage Color (Glossy) Dark Olive Green
Flowering Season Spring (self-pollinating)
Flower Color Insignificant
Berries Red
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Preferences Full Sun
Water Preferences Average: Ensure planting area provides adequate drainage.
Cold Hardiness Zone: 6-9