Smith County Master Gardener
Foster holly is one of my personal favorites and is perfect for smaller yards. Foster holly is a cross of two native hollies, Ilex cassine and Ilex opaca. Foster No. 2 is the one readily available and the one you will see in the Heritage Garden in the Tyler Rose Garden.
Foster holly grows into a tall narrow pyramid shape (20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide). They are easily kept even narrower with a yearly clipping.
Foster hollies look beautiful alone standing in a corner or out in front of a large shrub border to give it height. I have seen lovely living fences using Foster hollies. Plant them 12 to 15 feet apart and expect them to touch within five years.
Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants growing in Tyler Rose Garden.