En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
4 ratings

Wednesday - October 29, 2008

From: Houston, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Location of Texas wild olive (Cordia boissieri) for sale
Answered by: Nan Hampton, Barbara Medford and Sean Watson


Do you know where to purchase Cordia boissieri A. DC.? I recently lost a tree during Hurricane Ike (I live in Houston, Texas)and have prepared the old area for a new tree. I've been researching the LBJ wildlife center website, and have fallen in love with the Cordia boissieri A. DC. Any information as to where to buy this tree would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much, Karen


The Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) has an extensive list of nurseries in the area that carry native plants.  You could check for the availability of Cordia boissieri (anacahuita) at those nurseries listed.  I did try a few of the ones with websites, but didn't find it listed.  However, there are many nurseries without website, but that have telephone numbers you could call.  Also, the ones with websites don't always have complete lists of available plants.  Our nursery manager, Sean Watson, said that they are relatively hard to find in the Austin area and he thought that might be because of their sensitivity to cold.  (Please see the answer to a previous question about the cold hardiness of this tree.)  He thought, however, Houston should be warm enough for the tree to grow successfully and it might possibly be available at nurseries in south Texas.  Looking through the nurseries in south Texas listed in our National Suppliers Directory, I did find that Rancho Lomitas Nursery in Rio Grande City lists it for sale on its website. 

Cordia boissieri

Cordia boissieri

Cordia boissieri



More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Infrequently blooming yucca in Harrison AR
June 10, 2011 - My Yuccas have only bloomed once in 8 years. Looking at the Internet I think mine is Elephantis variety - I did buy them at a nursery; they are in full sun.
view the full question and answer

Junipers for restoring area in Bulverde TX
November 03, 2012 - Are ashe or virginiana junipers for sale around the hill country? I would like to recreate the natural plant life that was bulldozed next to my home. Do you recommend any other types of juniper that ...
view the full question and answer

Plants for Painted Lady
May 10, 2009 - Where can I buy plants for the painted lady butterfly larvae in Houston?
view the full question and answer

Replacing firs with smaller plants
October 22, 2009 - I want to pull out old fir bushes and plant smaller plants in their place. What could I buy that would take little care in my area?
view the full question and answer

Will Copper Canyon Daisy be at the Plant Sale from Georgetown TX
March 21, 2011 - Can you find out if Copper Canyon Daisy will be sold at the plant sale? I'm having trouble finding it in any of your databases. The scientific name is Asteraceae Tagetes lemmonii. It's a shrubby ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center