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TEXAS OLIVE
Cordia boissieri

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Photo Locations: The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA, San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX and Tucson, AZ

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

This evergreen tree reaches 20 feet in height with a 10 to 15-foot spread. Attracts birds.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Family: Boraginaceae

Additional Common Names

TEXAS OLIVE, CORDIA

Tree Characteristics

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 15 - 20 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Oval, Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow or White. Flowers in Spring or Summer.

Beige, White or Yellow Drupe, Small to Medium (0.25 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer Edible.

Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed, Ridged or Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Bees, Butterflies, and Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cordia boissieri Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jan 22, 2018.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cordia-boissieri >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.