Texas Wild Olive
|Description||A handsome rounded shrub or small tree that withstands heat, drought, wind and coastal conditions! Large gray-green leaves have a soft, lightly fuzzy texture. White flowers with yellow throats and small, olive-like fruit attract birds and wildlife. Makes a sensational accent shrub or informal hedge for minimal-care gardens. Evergreen in mild areas.|
|Watering||Once established, needs only occasional watering.|
|Blooms||Spring into summer; nearly year-round in mild climates|
|Mature Size||Moderate growth to 15-25 ft. tall and wide.|
|Care||Provide average, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to develop a deep, extensive root system. Evergreen in mild winters; root hardy to zone 8b. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Fruit is mildly toxic; do not ingest.|
|Lore||The sweet fruit of Cordia boissieri, commonly called Texas or Mexican Olive, is a valuable food source for birds and wildlife, but considered slightly toxic to humans if eaten fresh. However the indigenous people of the Rio Grande River valley in southern Texas and Mexico have traditionally made cooked jellies and dyes from the fruit, and use the wood for firewood and carpentry.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.