Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy
Happy Boy New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)
Details12-18' tall x 12' wide (seed propagated). A deciduous, native shrub that develops great character with age. It can be grown into a dense hedge, or pruned to form a twisting, multi-stemmed small tree. The beautiful whitish bark accentuates the bright yellow fall foliage. Female plants produce considerable quantities of blue-black berries that are eaten by birds. You will need a female and male plant if you wish to get berries: see Forestiera neomexicana 'Berry Girl.' A moderate to fast grower in any soil. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will help the plant to thrive and fill out quickly.
|Common Name||Happy Boy New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)|
|Botanical Name||Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||12-18' tall|
|Mature Spread||12' wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.
Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.
Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy:
A very attractive, pretty tough plant. I have one male plant and two females and will be using them as a screen and bird food/habitat when they are bigger. The nice yellow fall leaf color will be nice, too. It tolerates drought pretty well and wind very well.
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