Texas Wild Olive

Cordia boissieri

SKU
31217
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.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growth to 15-25 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring into summer; nearly year-round in mild climates
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

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.

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