SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ilex X attenuata 'Foster #2' (Ilex opaca X Ilex cassine)
(Ilex X attenuata 'Fosteri')
COMMON NAME: Foster holly
FRUIT: Red. Small and less than 1/8" in diameter. Birds love the fruit. Cedar wax wings have a ball eating the fruit.
GROWTH HABIT: Grows 10' to 20' tall and 8' to 10' wide in a pyramidal shape.
LEAVES: Alternate and widest above the middle. Less than 3" long and 1" wide. 1 to 4 spines at the tip and has a fine texture.
OTHER: Hardy zone 6-9. Has dark red berries. Used as a corner planting on tall buildings and can be limbed up. Plant 6' to 8' from buildings and other plants. 7 crosses were made by Mr. Foster. Only #2 and #3 are on the market. #2 is the most popular and is a female cultivar with red fruit. #3 is a male and has no fruit. Originated Bessemer, AL. Mr. E. E. Foster had a very large nursery near Birmingham but he had no heirs when he died. Remains one of the most popular large growing hollies.