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

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