Foster holly (Latin: Ilex x attenuata) is an evergreen tree that will reach between twenty to thirty feet high on maturity. It's a native species to the southeastern United States (first noted in freshwater swamp woods of northern Florida), but it does well in partial shade to partial sunshine in all parts of USDA growing zones 6 through 9.
It prefers moist but well-draining soil and a spot with nitrogen-rich organic matter. You can add peat moss, hardwood mulch, or leaf litter to satisfy that need. Once you create those growing conditions, the Foster holly will become a relatively carefree specimen in your garden.
Besides its handsome looks, this holly tree is an adaptable species. It is drought-tolerant, saltwater-tolerant, and disease resistant upon maturity. Its tolerance for occasional exposure to saltwater is why TN Wholesale Nursery staff often recommend this tree to customers who ask for advice on what to plant in a beach community.
Foster Holly Is an Elegant Tree
This tree is a TN Nursery customer favorite, thanks to its resilient nature and handsome appearance.
Some gardeners call this tree a topal holly. Many hollies have branches that start near the bottom of the trunk. However, those of this tree emerge several feet above--this makes it an ideal candidate for shaping into a topiary.
The leaves of this species are oval, with serrated edges and a lovely deep green color all year long. They measure about three inches long and an inch wide with a waxy feel.
In the summer, they produce tiny, almost undetectable cream-colored flowers. Small, cheerful red berries will emerge from the flowers in the late autumn and stay on the tree throughout the winter. You will likely see any birds overwintering in your area flock to this tree to pick at the little berries.
Order Your Foster Holly at TN Wholesale Nursery
TN Wholesale Nursery digs each order fresh, and we hand-select only the healthiest specimens for shipping. You can rely on us for the quality you need--order today.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.