Elbow Bush

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Elbow Bush

Forestiera pubescens
Spring Herald, Stretchberry
5

10 feet
10

15 feet
Northern Mexico, southwestern US
  • Central Texas
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun/part sun; deciduous. A dense, thicket-forming low shrub in shaded dry settings. Small, very fragrant flowers appear in late winter; elbow bush is also known as a spring herald. A nice privet border for native pathways and an excellent choice for wildscapes, it establishes fairly easily and provides shelter and nesting opportunities for bird thrashers and other skulkers. The name refers to the 90-degree scaffold angles of the branchlets.

Maintenance

None needed. Can be groomed or cut back to restart.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Shrub
Size:
5-10' H, 10-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
Flower Color:
Green, Yellow
Bloom Time:
February, March
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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