South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster

Mexican Olive tree



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

mexican olive tree

Mexican Olive Tree and root rot




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