Ilex × attenuata 'Foster #2'
Foster's #2 Holly
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- A group of evergreen, interspecific holly hybrids between Ilex cassine × Ilex opaca were developed by E.E. Foster of Bessemer, Alabama, and are referred to as Foster #1 through #5. Apparently only 'Foster #2' and #3 are generally available today. They are both female plants and "are so similar in appearance as to be virtually indistinguishable" (Missouri Bot. Gar.). 'Foster #2' is widely available in the nursery trade. This selection grows into a tree of 20-30 ft (6-9 m) high, with a dense, conical habit. Leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, elliptic to oblong-ovate, 1.5-7.5 cm long and about half as wide, spiny pointed and with 1-4 spiny teeth along the margin and glossy dark green. Fruit is small, deep red and produced in abundance; it persists through winter.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on 26th Street on the west side of an electrical substation just north of Ballard Extension Hall.