Foresteria neomexicana | Desert Olive, also known as New Mexico Privet, is a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with a upright, vase-shape form. The leaves are narrow and olive- green and contrast the smooth tan bark. The flowers are small, cream- colored, fragrant and bloom in early spring before the plant leafs out with. The birds love the small blue-black fruit so it disappears quickly off the plant, and with the dense, twiggy form, Desert Olive is a natural for back yard habitats as it provides food and cover for small birds and mammals. Desert Olive is drought-tolerant once established and only requires yearly pruning to maintain a pleasing and versatile plant.
Growth rate: Fast when young
Width: Canopy 8ft
Adapts to most soil
Cream colored flowers in early spring
Small blue-black fruits