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Cordia boissieri (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)
Cordia boissieri (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)

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Zones 8-28
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Cordia boissieri

Texas Olive
Boraginaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

CORDIA

These members of the forget-me-not family are grown for their showy flowers. Some species are at home in the desert Southwest, others in more tropical climates.

Cordia boissieri

Native to New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico; adapted to low and intermediate deserts. Grows to 12 ft. tall and 8–10 ft. wide. Oval, rough-surfaced, grayish green leaves to 5 in. long. Clustered, 2 1/2-in. white flowers with yellow throats begin bloom in midspring and continue over a long season; repeat bloom is possible in autumn. Can be kept pruned as a 3–5-ft. shrub or trained into a small tree.

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