Forestiera neomexicana

Latin Name: Forestiera neomexicana
Common Name: New Mexican Privet
Mature Height (ft): 10-20'
Mature Width: 8-10'

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Upright tall shrub.
Mulch: Inorganic or organic.

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New Mexican privet can be viewed either as a tall shrub or smaller tree. New Mexican privet will flower (tiny yellow) before leafing out with small oval glossy green leaves to be followed with black berries in the fall. Heat and drought tolerant will live in most soils and water-use areas. Attractive taller plant for the home landscape, similar to the yaupon holly in form.

Use in Garden

New Mexican privet has many uses in the home landscape. Trimming up the trunks gives the appearance of a short tree of 15-20'. As a tall shrub, will provide screening and habitat for wildlife. A good central focal point in a bed or corner of the landscape similar to the yaupon holly, smooth pale gray bark and many forked branches, provides contrast to other xeric plantings.


Prune out any suckers that might come up.