Forestiera neomexicana /Wild Olive, New Mexico Privet, Elbow Plant

Forestiera neomexicana  / Forestiera neomexicana
Grown here as a thick, low shrub
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Grown here as a thick, low shrub

Interesting branches are covered with very small leaves

Some branches bend to resemble a bent elbow

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Scientific Name: Forestiera neomexicana
Common Name: Wild Olive, New Mexico Privet, Elbow Plant
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This specimen can be grown into a dense hedge, or pruned to form a twisting, multi-stemmed small tree. The bending stems resemble the bending elbows of humans. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Tiny yellow blossoms emerge before the green leaves in spring. In autumn, the leaves turn a golden yellow. A good plant for arid gardens. The small blue-black berries attract birds that eat them.