Overview:Categories: Deciduous, Fall Color, Short or Dense Barrier, Wildlife Value
A native to Colorado, and also known as Desert Olive, the New Mexico Privet is a fast growing, dense, thicket forming species and can be used anywhere a short or dense barrier is desired. It may be small tree.
Drought tolerant once established, and comfortable in a wide variety of soils, its’ foliage turns yellow in the fall, making it a potential substitute for Aspen that is better suited for our area. Spring brings small yellow flowers before leaf-out and blue berried fruit (on female plants) that is attractive to birds, as well as overall nesting cover.
Will form thicket up to 15 ft in height and well suited to elevations up to 7500.
Features:Scientfic Name: Forestiera neomexicana
Growth Habit: Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Max. Height (ft): 10
Max Width/Spread (ft): 10
Life Span: Long
Cold Hardiness: Good
Drought Resistance: Excellent
Elevation Range: 7500
Wildlife Value: Good
Wildlife Notes: Fruit valuable to quail, songbirds; cover
Seasonal Color: Not Conspicuous
Possible Insect Issues: n/a
Possible Disease Issues: n/a
Miscellany: Bluish black fruit, yellow flowers
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