image Ilex x attenuata 'Sunny Foster'

‘Sunny Foster’ above

Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’ | Foster’s Hybrid Hollies

STRENGTHS
Evergreen native to MD, conical force to be reconned with. Their leaves have very long spikes, are trim and narrow mirroring general plant shape. I would choose them over Ilex cornuta since they aren’t as shiny or fake looking. They have value as durable possibility for street tree or impenetrable, trouble free hedge. Foster’s Hollies sopecies often called Topel Holly.

MY BAD ATTITUDE ABOUT HOLLIES
My bad attitude about hollies comes from the fact that many outgrow their homes and overwhelm and sometimes obliterate whatever is close by. Often planted as screens in tight spaces, when a much less burly plant would be better. Once overgrown, it is a project to remove them. They can be very nice when treated as small trees, given space and allowed to take on a more natural state. I like hollies pruned up as well to expose the branching. Of large leaved hollies, my favorite is the native Ilex opaca. I do not have a bad attitude about small leaved hollies, on the contrary. Ilex crenata or Ilex vomitoria are fabulous.

CARE
Good attention to pruning is needed to keep a nursery produced plant dense and not spindly. Watch out for spittlebugs. Occassionally gets winter burn, simply prune out.
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NOTES
Dioecious – needs male nearby for females to berry. Usually pollinated by Ilex opaca. id by plant shape and “bird foot” shaped leaf. Young leaves have more spikes, older may have only one.

image Ilex x attenuata 'Foster #2'

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Foster #2’ available, the best one to use, almost columnar, trim and neat
‘Foster #3′ available but never use
‘Sunny Foster’ new folliage is yellow and fading to green, nice color I would consider
‘Savannah’ popular in the south, loosley pyramidal, light green foliage
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 9 | full sun to part shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium to fast
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 20′-30′/8′ to 15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. tall, conical to columnar, fairly dense
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1.5″-3″ varries greatly in serration.
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | medium green, semi-glossy
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | small yellow to white in spring
BERRIES | heavy fruiting, arrives early stays late
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NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL does well in moist to dry
Native MD to FL and west to TX
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image Ilex x attenuata 'Foster #2'