Texas Olive

Cordia boissieu

Texas Olive is not a true Olive, and it doesn’t produce fruit that people find very palatable. Birds quite enjoy the flavor, however, while butterflies and hummingbirds are partial to nectar from its flowers, making Texas Olive a lively hub of garden activity nearly year-round. Large, dark green, leathery leaves are the perfect backdrop for clusters of showy, bleach-white flowers with lemon-yellow throats, providing a coarse texture and creating a tropical effect in garden spaces. When left to its own devices, Texas Olive grows into a dense, rounded shrub that works well as a foundation or background, but it can easily be pruned and kept as a patio-sized specimen tree.

Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade.

Watering Needs: Low water.

Average Landscape Size: Grows to 12ft high and 10ft wide.

Key Features: White flowers with yellow throats.

Blooms: Blooms spring to summer.

Poisonous: No.

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