Desert Olive - Forestiera pubescens var. pubescens
Typically a large, multiple-branched shrub but sometimes a small tree to 10 feet in height, this is a Southwestern Olive Family member which grows from Oklahoma west to California. It grows in open woods, often near streams, in chaparral habitat. The opposite leaves are more than an inch in length, pointed, finely toothed. The fragrant, yellow flowers lack petals and are borne on separate plants (dioceious); flowering occurs early in the year. The quarter-inch fruit is dark blue with a whitish "bloom". Birds readily consume the berries.