Narrow-leaf Forestiera

Forestiera angustifolia

Narrow-leaved Elbow Bush, Tanglewood, Panalero

About This Plant

Sun or whole-day dappled shade; in the partial shade, it tends to lean. Semi-evergreen. Narrow-leaf forestiera is a signature fragrance of South Texas, in the early spring days when it is one of the first shrubs to bloom. It has the same 90-degree twig angles as other elbow bushes, but can be distinguished by its dense form and skeletal olive leaves. Forestiera provides an easygoing native box-shrub shape and nesting opportunities, cover, and fruit for wildlife. Use it on sunny dry sites with well-drained soil; pair with torchwood for a nearly evergreen hedgerow. Not widely available commercially; find it at specialty native plant growers, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.

Origins: Mexico and Rio Grande Valley, north to south-central Texas


None required. Brush-sculpt as needed to shape.

An easygoing, evergreen South Texas native, great for wildscapes.

Min. Height: 6'

Max Height: 20 feet'

Min. Width: 6'

Max Width: 15 feet'

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