Members of the forget-me-not family, these are shrubs or trees of tropical or subtropical origin with showy flowers and rough-surfaced, almost sandpapery leaves. Species grown in the U.S. include Southwestern and tropical natives. The two listed here do best in the lower Rio Grande Valley and along the Texas coast from Corpus Christi to Brownsville.
texas olive, anacahuita
- Native to New Mexico, Texas, Mexico.
- Grayish green, oval leaves to 3 inches long; clusters of white, 2 inches-wide flowers with yellow throats.
- Begins flowering in midspring and continues over a long season; may bloom again in autumn.
- Naturally reaches 810 feet high and 68 feet wide, but can be pruned low (35 feet.); can also be trained as small tree.
- Regular moisture until established; thereafter, give little to moderate water.
- Native to the West Indies.
- Usually 1015 feet (possibly 25 feet.) tall and wide, with dark green leaves 912 inches long and half as wide.
- Brilliant orange-red summer flowers, to 2 inches wide, come in large clusters.
- Regular water.