Forestiera pubescens
Common name: 
Desert Olive
New Mexico Olive
New Mexican Privit
Stretchberry
Pronunciation: 
fo-res-TEE-rah pu-BES-enz
Family: 
Oleaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Forestiera neomexicana
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf, deciduous, shrub, generally rounded, upright, 3 to 10 ft (0.9-3 m) tall, multi-stemed, twig ridgid and thorny, bark tan-gray.  Leaves simple, opposite or clustered, elliptic or lanceolate to ovate,1.5-4 cm, leathery, entire or minutely toothed.  Flowers small, but generally appear before the leaves so they are noticed, yellow male flowers and green female.  Fruit elliptic, 5-8 mm, purple-black, waxy bloom.
  • Sun, best in sandy soil, little water requirements
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4   Native to Southwestern US (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Utah and Colorado) and northen Mexico.
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    leaves

  • leaf (also ovate shape)

    leaf (also ovate shape)