Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy

Happy Boy New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)

 

New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Happy Boy’ is a male plant needed for pollination. If no fruit is desired, plant only ‘Happy Boy’. One male pollinates numerous female plants. Plant at least one male/female plant if you wish to get berries.

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Regular Price: $12.99

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per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 52552

Details

12-18' 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.
SKU 52552
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
Native Yes
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"
Advantages Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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5.0

A very pretty shrub

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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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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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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