New Mexican Privet, Desert Olive (Forestiera neomexicana)

New Mexican Privet (Forestiera neomexicana) (12262 bytes)  

New Mexican Privet (Forestiera neomexicana), or Desert Olive, is a multi-stemmed shrub that is fast-growing and can be used for screening, clipped as a hedge, or pruned as a small tree. A native to Colorado, it is hardy to zone 4. Desert Olive prefers full sun and will tolerate a wide range of soils. It grows 8 to 15 feet in height.

 

 

 

new mexican privet foliage (3445 bytes) new mexico privet fall foliage (7528 bytes) Foliage consists of smooth, bright green leaves that turn yellow in fall. They contrast well with the white bark and when grown as a small tree, New Mexican privet can be substituted for aspen.
new mexico privet,bloom (26906 bytes) Flowers are small, yellow, and appear in spring before the shrub leafs out.
new mexican privet fruit (4710 bytes)    Fruit consists of blue berries that are popular with birds.
new mexican privet bark (6278 bytes) Bark is attractive, smooth and white.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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