Category: Tree - Evergreen
Zones: 10 to 11 - frost tender
Size: To 25' tall
Growth Rate: Moderate
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.)