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Elbow Bush

$225.00
Forestiera pubescens

New Mexico forestiera is a multi-trunked medium shrub that grows upright and matures into a rounded vase shape. The sharply branching limbs have a pale gray bark that contrasts nicely with the small, bright green leaves. Clusters of tiny, yellow-green, fragrant blossoms appear in early spring, providing an important early source of nectar for bees. Female plants produce numerous small, fleshy blue-black fruit that ripens in late summer and provides a winter food source for many species of birds and small mammals.

New Mexico forestiera grows on canyons, rocky slopes, and desert flats in the Trans-Pecos west to Utah and California. It can tolerate drought and all types of soil, even saline, and will grow in sun or partial shade. In severe drought, it will lose its leaves. After the main trunks are developed, they can be pruned into a small tree and provide sculptural qualities as an accent or specimen plant.

Height: 5’-10’
Spread: 5’-8’
Bloom: January-March
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade, Dappled Shade
Water: Low to Medium
Zone: 8, 9
Origin: Southwestern U.S.

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