Forestiera neomexicana

New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)

 

New Mexico privet is a handsome native large shrub/small tree with great adaptability to different growing conditions. Prune it up as a multi-stemmed small tree with ornamental white bark and glowing bright yellow fall color. Or use it as a durable shrub for clipping into hedges. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
High Impact - Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Early to late spring
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 52550

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. We grow our plants from cuttings of mature plants, so we can determine whether they are a male or female plant . A moderate to fast grower in any soil. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will help the plant to thrive and fill out quickly.

SKU 52550
Common Name New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)
Botanical Name Forestiera neomexicana
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height 12-18' tall
Mature Spread 12' wide
Bloom Time Early to late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages High Impact - Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

Planting Guides

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide (pdf) for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Our Standard Plant Shipping is 3 Days!

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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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