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Forestiera neomexicana
Forestiera neomexicana

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Forestiera neomexicana

New Mexican Privet, Desert Olive
Oleaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

Native to New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona west to California. Little used outside arid regions. Grows to 12–18 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide. Smooth, medium green leaves to 1 1/2 in. long turn yellow in fall. Inconspicuous flowers. Small (1/4-in.-long), egg-shaped fruits, blue-black when mature, are not always produced (some plants do not have both male and female flowers); when they do appear, they attract birds. Fairly fast growth makes it a good screen plant; can be trained as a small multitrunked tree.

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