Ask a Question forum: Texas Olive

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Name: Lynn
Katy, Texas (Zone 9a)
Apr 8, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Hi, I live in Katy, Texas. I recently saw a photo of Texas Olive and I like the tree very much and am thinking of planting it in my backyard. Does Texas Olive has shallow or deep root system? Also, does the tree shed a lot of leaves year round? Is there any dwarf version of it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 8, 2017 11:42 AM CST
I did a little research and found the Texas Olive (Cordia boissieri) is native to a very small area of Texas and Mexico. It only grows about 15 ft tall. As its native to a hot, dry area, I suspect this tree has a taproot that goes down forever.

It sounds like the bigger problem will be finding a tree to plant. They have been classified as an endangered species.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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