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Cordia boissieri (Texas Olive, Mexican Olive)

Cordia boissieri
Texas Olive, Mexican Olive

Native from southern Texas into Mexico, this evergreen shrub or small tree is underutilized in the Southwest. The deep green leaves are large, leathery, and coarse in texture. Large white flowers with a yellow throat are borne in clusters from spring through fall. The small, sweet edible fruit resembles an olive. Abundant flower and seed litter should be expected. Plant in full sun and reflected heat locations. The rate of growth depends on the amount of irrigation.

Plant Type Native, Shrub, Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Low, Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 9 (20° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 25' - 30' (ft)
Spread 20'- 25' (ft)
Spacing 25' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds, Pollinators
Maintenance Average
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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