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New Mexico privet

Forestiera neomexicana

This perennial shrub or small tree has an upright form that reaches heights of up to 10 feet. It blooms before grayish-green foliage emerges. Leaves mature to bright green and contrast beautifully with one-year-old black bark. Small, attractive black berries appear in autumn.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFound in southwestern North America, from Texas to New Mexico and west to California. Tolerates harsh winds and drought. Wood is extremely hard and has been used by Native American tribes as tools.

CareSite in full sun or partial shade, and average, well-drained soil.

PropagationHardwood cuttings.


  • Genus : Forestiera
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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