New Mexico Privet

Forestiera neomexicana

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub
Plant Family: Oleaceae
Plant Description: Fast growing deciduous shrub. Inconspicuous yellow-white flowers bloom in spring followed by small black berries enjoyed by birds. Shape improves with age. Useful fast filler for desert conditions. Drought tolerant after established. Prefers alkaline soil and tolerates many different soil textures. Grows best with moderate water.
Plant Care: Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late-winter to early spring for most trees and late-spring for spring blooming shrubs. Monitor for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis.

Plant Attributes:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Mature Size: 12-18' tall x 12' wide
Utah Native: Y

Plant Needs:

Light Requirement: Sun to Shade
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • Education Center Landscape
  • Maintenance Path
    • Outsmart Invaders
    • Rain Gardening
  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude
    • Gathering Area
    • Prudent Perennials
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter