Forestiera pubescens

Forestiera pubescens

desert olive



  • Deciduous shrub (6 feet tall) that blooms early in spring
  • Only the female plants produce fruits (elliptical shaped berries green to purple then turning black)
  • Flowers (yellow to greenish) bloom before the plant leafs out in spring
  • Careful pruning promotes a denser shrub
  • Fruits are a food source for birds and mammals
  • Plant in full sun
  • Found in Diablo, Hamilton, and Altamont sections

Mt. Diablo, Mt. Diablo north


1 gallon, 2 gallon, Deepot, long 1 gallon, long 5 gallon

bloom season Apr
pollinators Birds
pollinators Butterflies
habitat Coastal scrub
features Fruits
sun Full Sun
soil Good
water High
bloom season Mar
soil Moderate
growth habit Multi Stemmed
dormancy winter
flower color Yellow

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