Holly Variety on Flat Shoals Pkwy

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Date Photo Taken: 02/16/2013
Location: Decatur, GA
Posted By: juleswinnnfield


Can someone tell me the variety of this holly tree? These holly trees are in the median along Flat Shoals Pkwy in South Dekalb. I would like to plant two of these trees in my backyard. Thanks for your help


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    I am guessing Savannah Holly.

    February 23rd, 2013 at 2:41 pm
  2. Steve Unregistered says:

    Bobby, thanks for the feedback.

    February 26th, 2013 at 8:41 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    could also be Foster holly
    both are Ilex x attenuata crosses
    I don’t know how to tell them apart

    February 27th, 2013 at 9:06 am
  4. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Walter, I always thought the Savannah holly had a lighter green and larger leaf than the Foster holly. Are these unreliable indicators?

    February 28th, 2013 at 8:31 am
  5. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    According to Matthew Chappell, Asst. Professor & Ext. Horticulturist “Foster spines become less pronounced the lower (petiole end) you get. Savannah spines remain pronounced across the entire margin. Also – Savannah spines tend to be slightly longer and lobes deeper immediately above spines. The result is 2-4 fewer spines on Foster compared to Savannah.”

    I can’t quite make out the spines in the pix above.

    February 28th, 2013 at 11:35 am

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