New Mexico privet is a handsome native large shrub/small tree with great adaptability to different growing conditions. Prune it up as a multi-stemmed small tree with ornamental white bark and glowing bright yellow fall color. Or use it as a durable shrub for clipping into hedges. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

Common Name

New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)

Botanical Name

Forestiera neomexicana


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Light Requirements

Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade

Mature Height

12-18' tall

Mature Spread

12' wide

Bloom Time

Early to late spring

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil

Soil Moisture

Drought Resistant / Waterwise

Amount Of Rain

10 to 20"


Low Maintenance

Ideal Region

Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall

New Mexico Privet