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Cordia scabra, Cordia sebestena, Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia, Aloe Wood

Cordia scabra, Cordia sebestena

Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia, Aloe Wood
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: Florida Keys, the West Indies, and northern South America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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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