Forestiera pubescens

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Forestiera pubescens

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'

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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