Cordia boissieri     
Texas olive   
Boraginaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: large shrub; can be trained to single stem tree
Texas olive
Cordia boissieri in bloom
Seasonality: evergreen; may be deciduous in colder climates
Size: 10-25ft with equal spread
Leaves: single, obovate, to 5in long, gray-green on top lighter underneath; thick
Flowers: on branch terminals, single, 2.5in across, attractive white flower with yellow center; bloom normally in late spring or early summer but in Tucson sporadically all year
Fruit: olive-sized fleshy round fruit with large single seed, yellow-green; not edible
Stems/Trunks: not significant
Range/Origin: Texas Rio Grande area, northern Mexico
Hardiness: tip die-back seen in mid twenties


leaf close-up
leaf detail
note lighter underside
flower close-up
flower cluster


fruit is edible by birds

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