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Forestiera neomexicana (New Mexico privet, Wild olive)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Forestiera neomexicana Common Name: New Mexico privet, Wild olive Genus: Forestiera
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 characteristics: Found 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.
Care: Site in full sun or partial shade, and average, well-drained soil.
Propagation: Hardwood cuttings.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Interesting Bark; Native
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Type Shrubs

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