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Happy Boy New Mexico Privet

Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy
SKU: HC014576
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Shipping begins the week of February 26th, 2024
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 and female plant if you wish to get berries.
key features
Botanical Name
Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Privacy
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
12-18 ft tall


12-18' tall x 12' wide (cutting 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. 
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