Texas Olive

Cordia Boissieri

Texas Olive is not a true Olive, and it doesn’t produce fruit that people find very palatable. Birds quite enjoy the flavor, however, while butterflies and hummingbirds are partial to nectar from its flowers, making Texas Olive a lively hub of garden activity nearly year-round. Large, dark green, leathery leaves are the perfect backdrop for clusters of showy, bleach-white flowers with lemon-yellow throats, providing a coarse texture and creating a tropical effect in garden spaces. When left to its own devices, Texas Olive grows into a dense, rounded shrub that works well as a foundation or background, but it can easily be pruned and kept as a patio-sized specimen tree.

Light Needs: Full sun.

Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Average Landscape Size: Slow growing tree with a small canopy size.

Key Features: Semi-deciduous.

Blooms: Showy white flowers in spring and fall.

Poisonous: No.