Cordia sebestena L.

Largeleaf Geigertree

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Cordia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 10 to 11 - frost tender

Size: To 25' tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Leaves, stiff, dark green, rough and hairy, to 7" long, pointed oval. Orange flowers in clusters throughout the year. Pear-shaped fruit.


Native to Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America - Linnaeus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 91.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 190 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 3: 157 in 1801.

The Rough-leaved Cordia is a native of the West India Islands, and was cultivated, says Martyn's Dictionary, from Dillenius, in the year 1728, by Dr. Sherard. (Bot. Repos.)

Synonym Cordia laevis Jacq. published in Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 18 t. 40 in 1797.


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