From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Forestiera pubescens
Common Name: Desert Olive
- Highly recommended drought tolerant shrub. Birds love the berries and the small yellow flowers are fragrant. Nice as an informal hedge in hot, dry locations. Looks best with some water.
- Plant Family: Oleaceae
- Plant Type: Tree
- Height by Width: 9' H x 5-8' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branched
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter-deciduous
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
- Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada, Central and Southern Highlands of the
- Natural Habitat: Streambanks, canyons, washes 330-5400'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A deciduous shrub growing to a height of 5 to 10 feet with spiny branchlets and oblong, smooth opposite leaves. Belongs to the same family as the Ash and is found in canyons bordering on the desert. Gallon cans, 60c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
- Other Names
- Forestiera neomexicana