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Foster Holly Is A Glowing Evergreen
Foster Holly is an evergreen tree belonging to the genus Ilex and the family Aquifoliaceae. It is also known as the American Christmas or English Holly. It is native to the US and can grow up to 50 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 20 inches.
Foster Holly is an ornamental tree often used for landscaping, particularly in winter when its bright red berries and glossy green leaves are commonly associated with Christmas decorations. Due to its dense, spiny foliage, the tree is also used for hedges and privacy screens.
The leaves of the Foster Holly are dark green, glossy, and leathery, with a sharp, pointed shape. The tree produces tiny, white blossoms in Spring 2024 and bright red berries in Fall (End of October). The berries are a valuable food source for many birds and mammals, including the American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, and Cedar Waxwing.
Foster Holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri') is a versatile and hardy evergreen shrub that can be planted in various locations.
Here are some tips on where to plant Foster Holly:
- Soil: Foster Holly prefers well-drained soil that is slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.0-7.0). It can thrive in various soil types, including sandy or clay soils.
- Climate: Foster Holly is a cold-hardy shrub and can live through temperatures as low as -10°F. It is also tolerant to heat and humidity, making it a good choice for various climates.
- Space: Foster Holly can grow up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, so make sure you plant it in an area with enough space to accommodate its mature size.
- Landscape use: Foster Holly is an excellent choice for hedges, screens, and foundation plantings. It can also be used as a specimen plant or grouped in a mass planting for a dramatic effect.
- Care: Foster Holly is a low-maintenance shrub that requires little pruning or fertilizer. It is also resistant to most pests and diseases.
- Sunlight: Foster Holly thrives in full sun to partial shade, so it's best to plant it in an area that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Overall, Foster Holly is an excellent plant for various locations in your landscape, as long as you consider its sunlight, soil, space, and climate needs.