1. Texas Olive
Name: Cordia boissieri
Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
Native range: Texas and Mexico
Texas olive can be kept as a shrub or be pruned into a small tree for a courtyard or by a patio. It is an excellent choice for along walls and can be used as a screen if left unpruned. It also makes a great background plant for other smaller succulents, shrubs, or herbaceous perennials. Texas olive is considered a slow grower, so it may take a few seasons to establish the height and width you desire. Its white flowers bloom year-round except during cold winters, and it does produce olivelike fruits, but they aren’t edible. Its dark green leaves are oval-shaped and feel fuzzy or velvetlike to the touch. Best of all, it’s an evergreen, so you get that continuous cover and color throughout…
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