Cordia boissieri A. DC.
Mexican olive, Anacahuita, Texas wild olive, Anacahuite
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)
Locally known as Mexican olive or Anacahuita, Cordia boissieri
is an ornamental shrub
to 30 ft, with large, soft, dark leaves and large, showy, trumpet-shaped white flowers with yellow throats that are sometimes described as looking like crepe paper or chiffon. Its sinuous trunk becomes picturesque as it ages. It is native
no farther north than south Texas because it cant tolerate cold winters, but it has been successfully tried as far north as Austin, where cold winters are likely to cause some die-back. Within its natural range, it is drought-tolerant enough that it is a common highway planting. Birds, deer, and cattle enjoy the sweet 2-3 cm long fruit
and butterflies frequent the blooms.
Image Gallery: 18 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Color white with a yellow throat. Blooms year-round but most profusely from late spring to early summer.
TX Native Distribution:
Rio Grande valley of Texas south to San Luis Potosi in Mexico Native Habitat:
Brushland (Mattoral), Chaparral, Thickets, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Savannahs, Hillsides, Slopes, Pastures, Roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Well-drained caliche, sand, sandy loam, medium loam, clay loam, clay, or gravel soils
Conditions Comments: Prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Requires mild winters. Regular watering necessary to establish it, but once established within its natural range, it can be left on its own, making it a popular highway planting in the Valley.
Showy, Long-blooming, Fast growing, Blooms ornamental Use Wildlife:
Nectar-insects, Fruit-mammals, Fruit-birds. Excessive consumption of fruit
may cause tipsiness in deer and cattle. Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds , Butterflies Nectar Source: