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PlantFiles: Texas Wild Olive, White Geiger, Anacahuita
Cordia boissieri

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cordia (KOR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: boissieri (boy-see-AIR-ee) (Info)

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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9 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sharonkh1 On Apr 28, 2014, sharonkh1 from Mission Bend, TX wrote:

We bought a wild Texas Olive Tree 2 years ago and planted in our front yard, semi-sun and sprinkler system that waters moderately. The tree has not grown any, and has tiny leaves and no blossoms. I planted a similar tree at my sister's home in Katy and it has grown "thru the roof".... what gives with my plant? I love the blossom and have a wonderful yard with many plants that are thriving. I just can't get this one to do anything.

Neutral SIMPLY_SUZY On May 14, 2013, SIMPLY_SUZY from Little Rock, AR wrote:

I love this tree. It is so regal when it is in full flower. I just wish I could grow one . I got 2 cuttings today and placed them in water. I just need advise to see if this is correct to help it grow.

Positive sherizona On Oct 19, 2011, sherizona from Peoria, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

GREAT tree for hot, dry areas. I have a four year old texas olive that was a foot tall when planted. Today it is over 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Do not overwater this tree. It prefers conditions on the drier side.

There was a comment about wind breakage - from Florida, I suspect it was due to overly moist conditions. I live on the edge of a canyon where monsoon winds commonly reach 50+ MPH. This tree is not staked, bushy and has never budged or lost branches.

Please note, this tree is a huge litter maker. During colder snaps the leaves all dry up and shed but are quickly replaced by new growth. Flower drop is high and the olives get everywhere. Just keep it away from your pool and you'll have a beautiful, flowering, ornamental tree most of your friends will gawk over!

Positive nogottarancho On Jul 5, 2010, nogottarancho from Maricopa, AZ wrote:

planted one at previous house; very happy with plant overall.

wife loved the flowers

did not seem to take much care.

this was in the Hidden Valley part of Pinal county, AZ

Positive s1e2b3d4 On Nov 5, 2009, s1e2b3d4 wrote:

There are two in Chappell Hill, Tx 77426 that have been growing here for many years. Neither have fruit. Where can I get another one that is non fruiting?

Positive LaserGecko On Oct 10, 2009, LaserGecko from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Beautiful, blooming tree. It's just covered in tough white flowers when it's in bloom for most of the spring and summer. It also blooms occasionally during the fall and winter, but smaller amounts. Pretty rare out here, so it really stands out amongst the seemingly endless yards of lantana, Mexican Birds of Paradise, and all. It's the centerpiece tree in our yard and gets lots of compliments. I'm thinking about putting up an information sign in front of it for the curious folks!

It does very well with very little care required in Las Vegas, Nevada. A great Xeriscape plant that's on the SNWA's list for the turf conversion.

Positive jtmiller On Jul 28, 2007, jtmiller from Pasadena, TX wrote:

I purchased this plant down in Rockport Texas while visiting parents. So many people have them on the coast and I liked the way it grew and how it seems to always be covered in blooms. Brought it home and planted it here in the Houston area and it has taken off like crazy! It's always covered in flowers and people ask what it is, which is what I like. However I'm curious about the fruit it produces. I've heard it's poisonous and others say it's not. I have not been brave enough to find out through taste. If anyone knows for sure, would love to know!

Positive Calalily On Jul 31, 2005, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant does great here. It is drought and salt tolerant and none of our wild olives lost so much as a branch in hurricane Emily. It blooms non stop except for when we had the Christmas freeze in 2004, then it took a month or so to start flowering again.
The fruit is used in a Mexican cough remedy. Sometimes animals and birds eat the fruit and it makes them dizzy.
There are several large specimen trees in Cameron county.

Positive joebloom On Jun 29, 2005, joebloom from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I planted a small Anacahuita (Texas / Mexican Olive) in San Antonio, TX earlier this spring about 6". Currently it stands at about a foot. Amazingly, it is already starting to bud - I didn't expect it to bloom until it reached greater height. I have posted a picture of blooms from a 15' Anacahuita at my mothher-in-laws. I have seen this tree at 25' + tall in south Texas. It carpets the ground underneath in blooms.

Positive NinaP On Apr 18, 2005, NinaP from Victoria, TX wrote:

This tree is an amazing hummingbird attractor! I'm currently watching six (yes, six!) ruby-throated hummingbirds feast on the bountiful blooms. And they have been at it all week long...

I love this tree for its constant blooms and beautiful bark. It is messy, though. My three-year-old is always out collecting spent blooms.

Negative hawkarica On Mar 31, 2005, hawkarica from Odessa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It begins to grow and even flower, but as soon as the wind blows a little, the entire head or at least various branches break off. I lose a year's growth with a puff of wind. It is more soft and breakable than hard and brittle. Prehaps it is too wet for it in Florida. Anyway, its headed for the compost pile.

Positive htop On Oct 19, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
This small tree (can be grown as a large shrub) is native to the southern most tip of the Rio Grande region of Texas. It can be grown as far north as San Antonio, but may freeze to the ground during an exceptionally cold winter in this area. Tip dieback occurs in the mid twenties and it is hardy to 18 degrees. Grow in full sun for best results, but it can also be grown in areas with reflected heat. It is heat tolerant, adaptable to many soil types with good drainage and has a low water requirement. To encourage root development and growth, water frequently when young.

It bears 1.5 to 2.5 inch in diameter white, rufflely flowers with yellow throats from early spring through summer, but if it receives enough water it will bloom during all seasons. The obovate leaves are up to 5 inches long and are gray-green on top with lighter coloring underneath. The bark has interesting patterns.

It produces a white to pale yellow-green drupe which turns to a yellowish brown. It is fleshy, roundish and about 1 inch long usually with one large seed , but it can have up to 4 seeds. When fresh, the fruit can cause dizziness, but it is not toxic in jellies.

Neutral Floridian On Oct 22, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A native of Texas and Mexico this flowering tree is rarely out of bloom. It has a high drought tolerance and a medium salt tolerance


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Mirage, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Miami, Florida
Odessa, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
Chappell Hill, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mission, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Pasadena, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Salado, Texas
Salineno, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)
Spicewood, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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