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Regional Picks: Late Season Wonders – Southwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 189

1. Texas Olive

Texas Olive

Name: Cordia boissieri

Zones: 9–11

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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