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Common Name: Wild Olive
Forestiera neomexicana is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
South-western N. America - Texas to New Mexico, west to California.
Dry slopes and ridges below 2000 metres[
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil[
]. Tolerates dry sites[
Flowers are produced in the axils of the previous years leaves[
]. Plants do not fruit well in Britain, probably due to a lack of sunshine[
]. Although only 4 - 8mm long[
], it has been suggested as a substitute for the true olive, Olea europaea[
Plants growing in the wild are used as indicators of underground water[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn to late winter in a frame or sheltered outdoor bed.