New Mexico Olive
New Mexican Privit
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- 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 Southwestern US (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Utah and Colorado) and northen Mexico.