Forestiera neomexicana - A.Gray.
Common Name Wild Olive
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry slopes and ridges below 2000 metres[71].
Range South-western N. America - Texas to New Mexico, west to California.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Forestiera neomexicana Wild Olive

Brother Alfred Brousseau @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Forestiera neomexicana Wild Olive
Physical Characteristics
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Forestiera neomexicana is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

F. pubescens glabrifolia. Adelia neo-mexicana.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[105, 257]. Although only 4 - 8mm long[227], it has been suggested as a substitute for the true olive, Olea europaea[105, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses

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None known


Other Uses

Plants growing in the wild are used as indicators of underground water[257].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in most soils[1, 11, 182]. Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil[200]. Tolerates dry sites[200]. Flowers are produced in the axils of the previous years leaves[227]. Plants do not fruit well in Britain, probably due to a lack of sunshine[11].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[11, 200]. Easy. Cuttings of mature wood, November to February in a frame or sheltered outdoor bed.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Forestiera acuminataSwamp Privet, Eastern swampprivet11


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curtis andrew beckwith   Tue Feb 7 2006
hi to all, with learning about the relation of this plant to it's sister the olive, i am initiating a venture to find if forestiera can indeed produce an oil from it's drupes, that is in any way similar to olive oil, as it seems empirically proven that oklahoma is too far north for olea cultivation or at least fruit production, writing from his home beneath tall old pecan trees
Alexandre   Mon Oct 5 2009
Have anyone any news of this species being a good substitute to true Olive? Maybe they that hybridise? I'm in Quebec so even for me I think it would be difficult to grow Forestiera, but zone 6 is quite near...
nae   Mon Dec 21 2009
anyone know if it is a nitrogen fixer like many other the olive type family (elaeangnus) group.
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