Forestiera pubescens

Forestiera pubescens, Elbow Bush, courtesy of Melody Lytle

Forestiera pubescens, commonly known as Texas Elbow-bush, Downy Forestiera, Spring Herald, Texas Forsythia, Spring Goldenglow, Tanglewood, Devil's Elbow and/or Chaparral, belongs to the Oleaceae family.

"Texas elbow bush is often called 'Spring Herald,' because it is usually the first to bloom in the spring. Its delicate yellowish-green flowers appear in early February or March before the leaves, in the axils of the last year's leaves. It grows in North Central Texas to the Edwards Plateau and into the Trans-Pecos, in open pastures and thickets. It has an irregular growth habit, with drooping branches that often layer and form thickets. Its light green leaves provide an attractive contrast in the landscape, and are among the first to appear in the spring. Texas elbow-bush can form an interesting background in a naturalistic landscape, and careful pruning will promote a denser shrub. Female plants produce fleshy, blue-black fruits that are an important food source for birds and small mammals."

This medium to large deciduous shrub (height to fifteen feet; width to fifteen feet) likes partial to full sun, tolerates high temperatures and limited moisture, grows on most soils and is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone: 7.

The following Sphingidae utilize Forestiera pubescens as a larval host.
Sphinx libocedrus
Sphinx lugens

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