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Cordia boissieri

Plant Type

Family

Common Names

Texas Wild Olive
Anacahuita

Alternate Latin Names

Hardiness Zones

Plant Characteristics

Origin:

Mexico & Texas

Height:

15-25'

Width:

15-25'

Exposure:

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Elevation:

Cold Hardiness:

20-25 F

Heat Tolerance:

Irrigation:

Growth Rate:

Bloom Color:

White

Bloom Time:

Spring, Summer
Foliage:

Evergreen

Toxicity Info:

Yes

Cultivation Notes

Cordia boissieri, or Texas Olive is a small, slow-growing evergreen tree that is not a true olive but bears a fruit with a similar appearance and boasts clusters of showy white flowers if provided adequate moisture. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the blossoms. It can be shaped as a shrub or a tree through pruning. It is a messy tree and will drop leaf and flower litter, the fruit and leaves have many medicinal uses.

Good drainage is essential for this plant to thrive. It needs low amounts of supplemental water once established. Irrigate by watering deeply and then allowing the top several inches of soil to dry between waterings. This encourages the plant to send roots deep into the earth in search of moisture, helping it to become established, prevent root rot, build drought tolerance, and resilience to heat and cold. The length of time between waterings will vary depending on your growing conditions and environment.