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Elbow Bush


                                                                                 Deciduous Sun / Part Shade

Forestiera pubescens                                                  Ht. 8-10 Spread 8-10

for-est-tea-ERE-ah pew-BESS-enz                                 Spacing 4-6

HABIT:   Small yellowish flowers in clusters. Dark purple berries. One of the first plants to flower and leaf out in the spring. Leaves are opposite and alternate, giving a very angular but interesting appearance. Forms thickets by self-layering. Looks similar to yaupon holly.

CULTURE:    Grows well in any soil with little care.

USES:    Natural shrub, wildlife food, screen.

PROBLEMS:   Caterpillars. Not much color or excitement.

NOTES:  Good to attract wildlife.


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