Forestiera pubescens New Mexico Olive Tree, Forestiera neomexicana. Also Called: Forestiera pubescens, New Mexican Privet, Desert Olive, Ironwood, Ma'Iiada', and Tanglebush. Photo Taken At Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
Common Name New Mexico Privet, Desert Olive, Wild Olive, Stretchberry
Latin Name Forestiera cemua
Native Habitat 3,000 to 7,000 feet, Texas to California
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water One or twice per month in summer
Height X Width 18 feet X 12 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Bright green, winter deciduous
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird
Ornamental Value Monoacious, small yellow flowers in spring, black berries in autumn
Nature Value Fruit and seeds eaten by songbirds
Native American Uses Hard wood used for tools
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