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Foster's No. 2 HollyIlex x attenuata 'Fosteri'

  • Fosters No. 2 Holly - Ilex x attenuata
  • Fosters No. 2 Holly - Ilex x attenuata
  • Fosters No. 2 Holly - Ilex x attenuata

Despite its strong ties to the holiday season, holly makes a great year-round landscape addition. Glossy dark green leaves persist through the seasons. Small white flowers arrive in the spring. And deep red berries winter gardens. A dense, compact, upright growth and neat habit makes Foster's No. 2 holly ideal for use as a tightly clipped screen or hedge or as a specimen, foundation or container planting.

This holly is a female cultivar, but there’s no need to plant a male specimen to ensure berry production. It is parthenocarpic, meaning it can produce fruit without pollination.

Hardiness Zones

The foster's no. 2 holly can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 6–9. View Map

Tree Type

This tree is considered both an evergreen tree and an ornamental tree. It keeps its foliage year-round and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.

Mature Size

Foster’s No. 2 holly grows to a height of 15–25' and a spread of 8–12' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

Foster’s No. 2 holly grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils.


This tree:
  • Produces small white flowers in the spring.
  • Grows in a pyramidal shape.
  • Works well as a hedge, screen or accent tree.
  • Features simple, glossy dark green leaves that are 1½–3" long and have spiny margins.
  • Yields deep red, berry-like fruit that persists through winter.
  • Is parthenocarpic, meaning it is a female tree that can produce fruit without fertilization from a male pollinator.

Wildlife Value

Birds are attracted by the tree’s berries.


Foster's No. 2 holly is a hybrid of Ilex cassine and Ilex opaca.