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Forestiera neomexicana (New Mexico Olive)

Forestiera neomexicana
New Mexico Olive

New Mexico Olive is a small vase-shaped, deciduous tree whose native habitat ranges from southern California to western Texas. It blooms in the early spring with small yellow flowers that provide rich nectar for honeybees. Female plants produce fleshy dark blue fruits in late summer, causing litter for humans but a feast for songbirds. Small green leaves drop in the fall, exposing smooth pale grey trunks in the winter months. Plant as an understory tree or in full sun. Left unpruned, it forms an effective windbreak. Occasional deep irrigation is recommended during the summer months.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Low, Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 10' - 18' (ft)
Spread 10' - 15' (ft)
Spacing 15' (ft)
Characteristics Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil PH Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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