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Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri'

Common Name(s):
Foster's Holly
Cultivar(s):
'Savannah' fast grower, good berry production, 'Foster No. 2' darker green, narrow leaves, 'East Palatka' spines on end of leaf, 'Hume No. 2' small leaves
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Hybrid between I. cassine and I. opaca.  This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

Wildlife Value:  Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees.  Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Play Value: Wind Screen & Buffers

Seed: Berry-like drupe

Height:
20-30 ft.
Flower:
Heavy berry production; persists into winter
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Upright; pyramidal; compact
Width:
7-10 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
1.5-3 in. alternate, simple leaf with spiny points
Tags:
bee, play, playground, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, children’s garden, salt tolerant, wildlife, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2009

Ilex X attenuata 'Foster No 2 Leaves/fruit
Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Illex attenuata 'Fosteri' Form
By Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ilex x attenuata - Foster Whole plant
By John_Winder, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ilex x attenuata - Foster Ilex x attenuata - Foster
Joy_Weese_Moll, CC BY-NC-2.0