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Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia
Scientific Name: Cordia sebestena L.
Family: Boraginaceae
Geiger Tree, Scarlet Cordia (Cordia  sebestena) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 24-25,27
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix, needs protection, resistant only to 32F (0C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Caribbean basin

Growth Habits: Small evergreen tree or large shrub, 10 to 25 feet tall (3-7.5 m); dark green leaves, 9 to 12 inches long (22-30 cm), 4-6 inches wide (10-15 cm)

Watering Needs: Good drought tolerance, but do better with regular water

Propagation: Seeds, layering

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.

Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Blooming Habits:
The very showy tubular orange flowers are up 1.2 to 2 inches in diameter (3-5 cm). They appear in large clusters, scattered over the tree, most of the warm season.

Fruiting Habits:
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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