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Cordia sebestena, Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia, Aloe Wood

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 Cordia sebestena
Family: Boraginaceae
Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia, Aloe Wood
Origin: Florida Keys, the West Indies, and northern South America
small tree 10-20 ftfull sunmoderate waterred/crimson/vinous flowersattracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plantincuded in CD catalog

Beautiful orange flowers will become a white edible fruit. According to the legend, the name Geiger Tree was bestowed by Audubon in memory of John Geiger a Key West 19th century pilot and wrecker. The very showy tubular orange flowers are up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter (4 cm). They appear scattered over the tree, most of warm season. The fruits are oval shaped, 1 to 1.5 inches long (2.5 to 4 cm) with a whitish color. They are borne in clusters. Although they are edible and have a pleasant fragrance, they have poor flavor.

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Name:Judy Baumgarten
Location:St. Croix, U.S. V.I.
USDA Zone:11+
6 Oct 2008, 8:57 PM
There is also a peach colored cordia. I think that it is Cordia subcordata, which comes from the South Pacific and grows in salty air like this darker orange relative.


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Cordia sebestena - Scarlet (Orange) Geiger tree. Showy small tree with bright scarlet flowers followed by white edible fruit. According to the legend, the tree was named in memory of John Geiger a Key West 19th century pilot and wrecker. Flowers appear scattered over the tree, most of warm season. Popular landscape tree, however it is cold sensitive and won't tolerate any frost; other than that, it is easy to grow and undemanding.
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Cordia sebestena - seeds

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Scarlet Geiger tree. Showy small tree with bright scarlet flowers.
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