South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster


Xylosma is also know as Brush-holly ,grows sparsely in the brush and palm groves in extreme South Texas and up the coast to Nueces County. The pale green to gray-green leaves usually occur on short, spur-like branches of this slender, thorny shrub. Newly emerging leaves are tinged with red edges, and much of the foliage will turn red in the fall. Throughout the year whitish, nectar filled flowers are followed by yellow and red berries. Small mammals and birds feast on the year-round berries. At about 5 to 6 feet, this plant would make a barrier hedge with interesting texture and color.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub, medium shrub
Exposure: sun
Flower Color: white
Blooming Period: spring, summer, fall, winter
Fruit Characteristics: subglobose, red and yellow
Height: to 6 1/4 feet
Width: 3 to 4 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements:
Soil Requirements: acid

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xylosma plant with withering leaves

xylosma plant with withering leaves

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