Forestiera neomexicana
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Forestiera neomexicana

wild privet
New Mexican privet

  family oleaceae 
  genus forestiera 

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Genus  Forestiera Species  neomexicana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wild privet   ironwood   ma'iiada'   New Mexican privet Family  OLEACEAE Specimen number  S10846 Data source  DyeFib p131;Xeri p303
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit    Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The berries of Forestiera neomexicana have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Gray is the most typical color produced by Wild privet (also known as ironwood and New Mexican privet). Forestiera neomexicana is known as ma'iiada' in Navajo "Coyote Food". This plant can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. Full sun to partial shade is best for growing this species. It usually does best in dry soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Berries Dye color  gray
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Forestiera neomexicana is a woody perennial. Wild privet (locally known in some parts as ironwood and New Mexican privet) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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