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Forestiera angustifolia (Narrow-leaf forestiera)
Brundage, Stephanie

Forestiera angustifolia

Forestiera angustifolia Torr.

Narrow-leaf Forestiera, Tanglewood, Desert Olive, Texas Swamp-privet, Panalero, Elbow Bush

Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Synonym(s): Forestiera puberula, Forestiera texana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Rounded, evergreen shrub with smooth, gray branches coming off the main stem at 90 degree angles. Leaves simple, smooth, linear with entire margins. Flowers inconspicuous; greenish-yellow produced in clusters in the spring.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Dioecious
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry, alkaline, well-drained.


Use Wildlife: Birds and small mammals browse twigs and fruit.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds
Nectar Source: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Forestiera angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Forestiera angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Forestiera angustifolia


Record Modified: 2023-02-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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