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Wild Olive, Mexican Olive, Anacahuita
Cordia boissieri


Wild olive is native to the southernmost tip of the Rio Grande Plains of south Texas. It is evergreen, with nearly 3-inch wide trumpet-shaped flowers, brilliant white with yellow throats. Because of its showy flowers, it is often planted as an ornamental in the lower Rio Grande Valley. It can be planted as far north as San Antonio, but it will freeze to the roots in cold winters there. Flowering occurs in late spring to early summer, although if it receives enough water it will flower in all seasons.

Plant Habit or Use: shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: trumpet-shaped white with yellow throats

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: white to pale yellow drupe, turning yellow-brown

Height: to 25 ft.

Width: to 25 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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