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

  • Fosters No. 2 Holly evergreen
  • Fosters No. 2 Holly - Ilex x attenuata
  • Fosters No. 2 Holly - Ilex x attenuata
An excellent evergreen for use as a hedge, accent tree or screen. Glossy, dark green leaves with white spring flowers and deep red berries in the fall. Foster's Holly #2 is one of the few female hollies that does not require a male pollinator for fruit development.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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 four 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.