Texas wild olive — Cordia boissieri — is a flowering large shrub or small tree that grows naturally from Texas and Mexico through Guatemala. It is a salt-tolerant and drought-tolerant species.
The white funnel-shaped flowers with bright yellow throats appear in terminal clusters against the dark green, hairy leaves that have a silvery cast.
If watered in winter, the tree will bloom off and on year-round; otherwise, its flowers are abundant in spring and summer. The canopy is round. This is a good candidate for small yards and for placement near power lines. It grows to 10 to 20 feet and prefers full sun.
To get started in life, even drought-tolerant trees require regular moisture during the first growing season. Place this in a location that is well-drained. Fertilize with a slow-release formula twice a year.
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