Ilex x attenuataIlex x attenuata

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Ilex x attenuata
  • PRONUNCIATION: I-leks x a-TEN-u-ata
  • COMMON NAME: Foster's Hybrid Hollies
  • FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae
  • NATIVITY: Of hybrid origin: I. cassine x I. opaca
  • GROWTH HABIT: Narrow, pyramidal, not as dense as most hollies, and finer textured.
  • SIZE: 20 - 30'
  • HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
  • CULTURE: Sun, in a moist, well-drained soil. Has considerable heat tolerance.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Makes a good specimen plant, useful for its regular, formal appearance and its typically fine textured foliage, branches.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, elliptic to oblong-ovate, 1 1/2 - 3" long. Margins with 1 - 8 spines.
  • BUDS:
  • BARK: Mature bark is a smooth silver gray.
  • FLOWERS: Small, cream white, fragrant. Plant is dioecious.
  • FRUIT: Drupe, orange-red to red, about ¾" in diameter.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS:
    • `East Palatka' - bright red fruits, wider leaf spined above the middle.
    • `Fosteri' - numbers 1-5 exist but mainly 2, 3 are sold. Narrow leaves and abundant fruit.
    • `Hume' - numbers 2, 4 mainly sold. Nearly spineless with bright red fruit.

 

 

 

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