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Ilex × attenuata 'Sunny Foster' (f/v)

holly 'Sunny Foster'

'Sunny Foster' is a slow-growing, conical evergreen shrub to 4m tall, with narrow, spiny green or bronze young leaves becoming bright yellow in summer, with female flowers followed by red berries in autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Bronze Green
Summer White Yellow
Autumn Yellow Red
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Aquifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Berries mildly toxic by ingestion. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or semi-ripe cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Young shoots susceptible to aphids, scale insects and leaf miners

Diseases

Phytophthora may occur

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