Botanical Name: Cordia boissieri Add
Common Name: Texas Olive  
Plant photo of: Cordia boissieri
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Large sized shrub to 25', fast with water. Rio Grande to Mexico native. Leaves are large, leathery, coarse, green and evergreen in mild winters. White 2" flowers have a yellow throat and are borne in clusters from spring thru fall. Fruit is a small white egg resembling an olive and edible especially by birds. There is flower and seed litter and with freezing temps, the tree can be untidy looking as the foliage and small twigs can freeze and do not absize.
hardy to 20f