Foster Holly

Arbor walk #39, Treekeeper ID #4373

A naturally occurring hybrid species of American Holly and Dahoon, it was found growing in the wild in Florida in 1924. This is a broadleaf evergreen tree of small to medium stature that prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and dislikes extreme hot and cold temperatures. Its small white flowers bloom in late spring and are replaced in the fall by small red berry-like drupes, which stay on the branch for the winter.

Common NameFoster Holly
Latin Name(s)Ilex attenuata or
Ilex cassine x Ilex opaca
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety‘Fosteri’
Commercial Name

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