|Audrey DeLange With Texas Olive, Cordia boissieri.|
April 22, 2006.
At Boyce Thompson Arboretum Near Superior, Arizona.
|Texas Olive. Cordia boissieri. Flowers.|
Texas Olive Trees.
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Cordia boissieri is a species of flowering shrub or small tree in the borage family, Boraginaceae. Its native range extends from southern Texas in the United States south to central Mexico.
A deciduous, large shrub or small tree, 10 to 25 feet tall and wide. It has single gray-green leaves up to 5 inches long and 2 inches wide.
Will take full sun or reflected heat.
Height: Up to about 10 - 25 feet tall, spread 10 to 25 feet.
Trunk: 3 to 8 inches in diameter. An attractive rough trunk; multi stemmed deciduous tree, sometimes single stemmed.
Flowers: Funnel-shaped, single white flowers with a yellow throat, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Blooming Time: Late March - April. Sometimes in the fall.
Seeds: Olive shaped, but unedible, yellow-green fruit, 1 inch long. With one to four large seeds.
Leaves: Single, obovate, gray-green leaves up to 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. Covered with short hairs giving them a rough texture.
Found: Native to Texas & northern Mexico in Nuevo León, & Tamaulipas. State flower of Nuevo León in Mexico. The USDA claims it is native of the USA (TX).
Elevation: Native from 0 to 5,699 feet.
Hardiness: Said to survive into Zone 6b.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Dry, well-drained soils; drought tolerant.
Miscellaneous: Photos Taken April 22, 2006. At Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona. A low water use landscaping plant in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Water slightly in Phoenix. Honey bees and bumble bees are attracted to this plant.
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