New Mexico Privet, New Mexico Olive
Scientific Name: Forestiera pubescens Nutt.
Synonym: Forestiera acuminata var. parviflora, Foresteria neomexicana, Forestiera pubescens var. neomexicana, Forestiera sphaerocarpa
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: All zones
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Origin: Texas to California to Colorado, northern Mexico, at 3000 to 7000 feet elevation (900-2100 m)
Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub to small tree, fast growin to 6 to 15 feet tall (1.8-4.5 m), up to 10 feet spread (3 m); light gray to golden tan bark; blue green leaves, 1 to 2 inches long (2.5-5 cm)
Watering Needs: Moderate water for optimal growth, drought resistant
Dioecious or monoecious, clusters of tiny fragrant yellow flowers in the spring, before the leaves, followed on the female plants, by bluish black egg-shaped fruit, 0.25 inch long (6 mm).