desert-olive Oleaceae Forestiera pubescens
Leaf:Opposite, simple, obovate to elliptical, 1 to 2 inches long, entire to serrated, green above and slightly paler below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; very small, lacking petals, light yellow-green, appearing in axillary clusters before the leaves.
Fruit:Elliptical, dark blue, glaucous drupe 1/4 inch long, occuring in a tight cluster close to the stem, ripen in early summer.
Twig:Slender, light gray-brown to geenish brown, numerous lighter lenticels, stiff with short opposite side branches; buds small, light reddish brown and pointed.
Bark:Smooth, light brown to gray.
Form:A dense, thicket forming shrub with often drooping branches, reaches up to 15 feet with numerous stiff "thorny" side branches.