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Texas Wild Olive

Cordia boissieri

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Texas Wild Olive (Cordia boissieri) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Wild Olive flowers

Texas Wild Olive flowers

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Texas Wild Olive (Cordia boissieri) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Wild Olive in bloom

Texas Wild Olive in bloom

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Texas Wild Olive (Cordia boissieri) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Wild Olive foliage

Texas Wild Olive foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Mexican Wild Olive, Anacahuita, White Cordia

Description:

An evergreen large shrub that can be trained as a single stem tree; clusters of white, trumpet shaped flowers cover the branches in spring, and then sporadically all year; yellow-green olive-like fruits in summer; a great accent choice for the landscape

Ornamental Features

Texas Wild Olive features showy white trumpet-shaped flowers with gold throats along the branches from late spring to early summer. It has grayish green foliage with gray undersides. The fuzzy pointy leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruits are showy chartreuse drupes displayed in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Texas Wild Olive is a multi-stemmed evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Texas Wild Olive is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Texas Wild Olive will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.