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Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’

Fosteri Hybrid Holly

Pronunciation
I-leks x a-TEN-u-ata
Family
Genus
Nativity

Of hybrid origin: I. cassine x I. opaca

Growth Habit

Narrow, pyramidal, not as dense as most hollies, and finer textured.

Hardiness
7
Culture

Sun, in a moist, well-drained soil. Has considerable heat tolerance.

Landscape Use

Makes a good specimen plant, useful for its regular, formal appearance and its typically fine textured foliage, branches.

Foliage

Alternate, elliptic to oblong-ovate, 1.5 to 3 inches long. Margins with 1 to 8 spines.

Bark

Mature bark is a smooth silver gray.

Flower

Small, cream white, fragrant. Plant is dioecious.

Fruit

Drupe, orange-red to red, about .75 inch in diameter.

Propagation

Cuttings.

Pests
None serious.
Cultivars

This cultivar represents a group of chance seedlings selected by E.E. Foster, including: Foster No.1, 2, 3-6. This is referred to as the Foster Hybrid Group. Cultivars other than 'Fosteri' are also put into this group.

'East Palatka' - bright red fruits, wider leaf spined above the middle.

'Fosteri' - numbers 1-5 exist but mainly 2, 3 are sold. Narrow leaves and abundant fruit.

'Hume' - numbers 2, 4 mainly sold. Nearly spineless with bright red fruit.

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