Texas Olive (Cordia boissieri)


The Texas Olive are grown for their showy bright white flowers and dark green leaves, and we also love to use them in any landscape as a beautiful small tree or screening hedge. Native to New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, Cordia boissieri looks right at home in the desert southwest as well as in more tropical areas, where its ease of care also makes them a great choice for mass planting or as an informal hedge in a low-maintenance garden! We love the attractive shape of this plant and it can withstand heat, wind and coastal conditions, so it’s an excellent small tree or large shrub for any Southern California landscape.

Texas Olive thrives in a nice and sunny spot in your landscape and if big enough, can provide a moderate amount of shade too. Once established, they have low to moderate watering needs and are drought tolerant, so they’re a good choice for adding color into a waterwise landscape. They have a slow to moderate growth rate, so if you’re looking for a mature specimen, come into Palm Paradise today, where we have Cordia boissieri available in a variety of sizes.

Palm Paradise does what no one else does, we grow only from our own premium quality specimens, so we can assure their quality. We have been growing superior trees, shrubs and other plants for over 20 years!

  • Also known as the Texas Wild Olive, Mexican Olive, Anacahuita, White Cordia, Wild Olive
  • A member of the Forget-Me-Not Family
  • Prized for abundant blooms from spring into summer and almost year-round bloom in mild climates
  • The small fruit resembles olives but they are not related – valuable food source for birds and small wildlife but not for humans
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Can be used in Firescaping/Firewise landscape applications


Large shrub or small tree

Bright white flowers over deep green leaves

Cold hardy and thrives in full sun