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 Forestiera subsp. var.  
Forestiera pubescens
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Forestiera is a genus of about 20 species of flowering plants in the olive family, Oleaceae. Members of the genus are often called swampprivets.[1] Most are shrubs.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Forestiera (after Forestier, a French physician). Syn. Adelia. Oleaceae. Sometimes grown as ornamental shrubs.

Deciduous, rarely evergreen trees or shrubs: lvs. opposite, entire or serrate: fls. dioecious, apetalous, with or without calyx, in small, axillary clusters in early spring, before the lvs.; stamens 2-4: fr. a small, mostly black, 1- or 2-seeded drupe.—About 15 species from 111. south to Brazil and the W. Indies.

The species in cultivation are shrubs with rather small leaves, inconspicuous yellowish flowers before the leaves and small dark purple or black, berry-like fruits. F. acuminata is hardy in sheltered positions as far north as Massachusetts, while F. ligustrina is somewhat tenderer. They prefer moist soil and are suited for planting along streams. Propagation is by seeds and layers.

F. neo-mexicana. Gray (A. parvifolia, Coville). Shrub, to 10 ft.: lvs. spathulate, almost entire, usually glabrous, grayish green and rather small: fr. ovate or short-oblong, obtuse, ½ in. Texas to New Mex. and Colo. Alfred Rehder. CH

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