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Desert Olive
Forestiera pubescens
  
About Desert Olive (Forestiera pubescens) 27 Nurseries Carry This Plant Forestiera pubescens, commonly known as Stretchberry, Desert Olive, Tanglewood, Devil's Elbow, Spring Goldenglow, Spring Herald, or Texas Forsythia, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 ft tall
5 - 8 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Birds, butterflies, bees, fruit mammals

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil. Soil PH: 6 - 8

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hedges

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Can grow well with other plants that prefer moist soil and can tolerate full sun such as Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua) and Narrow Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis).

Propagation
Propagation?
Untreated seed: plant in late March to early April. May also propogate from softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings. Shallow roots make for easy transplanting.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Streambanks, canyons, washes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.0" - 46.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.91", Coldest Month: 27.7" - 52.5", Hottest Month: 50.0" - 79.4", Humidity: 0.83" - 31.52", Elevation: 45" - 9242"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Forestiera neomexicana
Common Names: Devil's Elbow, Downy Forestiera, Elbowbush, Spring Goldenglow, Spring Herald, Stretchberry, Tanglewood, Texas Forsythia


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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