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PlantFiles: Orange Geiger Tree, Geranium Tree, Anaconda, Scarlet Cordia
Cordia sebestena

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Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cordia (KOR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: sebestena (seb-es-TAY-nuh) (Info)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Orange

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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6 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive giegertree On Sep 21, 2014, giegertree from Savannah, GA wrote:

Pretty little tropical tree.

Sorry, IFAS (U of Florida goons), but this tree is NOT a Florida native -- it was introduced into the Keys from Cuba.

Negative lisa33027 On Jun 22, 2011, lisa33027 from Hollywood, FL wrote:

Although a desirable tree for bees and butterflies, it is also desirable to bugs - and lots of them. Geiger beetles, Sri Lankan Weevils and a host of other insects decimate this tree. I planted this Geiger tree 3 years ago and have had chewed leaves, few flowers and very little growth, and believe me, I take good care of it. Every time it starts to try and do something, the bugs decend. If you have a butterfly garden and don't use insecticides, I would re-think planting this tree...

Positive Rmplmnz On May 11, 2009, Rmplmnz from Tampa, FL wrote:

We have been growing this plant three plus years in the ground (and a year previously in a pot) with no problems.

Tampa

Positive lauraroxie On Jan 8, 2009, lauraroxie from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

These plants grow quite well in Tampa Bay. There are specimens at the St. Petersburg Veterans Hospital and I have seen several in neighborhoods. St. Petersburg is a 9b and temperatures drop to 26 last year and survived just fine with full bloom the following season.

There is also a tree at the USF botanical Gardens in Tampa (9A) that took low 20s in the same freeze as above and is reported to have done better than ever this season. i witnessed it in good bloom.

The freezing temperatures were not for several days an extended time, but rather quick freezes. After seeing so many large specimens in person, I believe these are safe for a lot of zone 9s if you are okay with losing them in those every 20-30 year freezes. The last one here was 1982.

Neutral htop On Mar 7, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant; however, i have pbserved it growing in Maui, Hawaii and love the blooms. Orange Geiger Tree, Geranium Tree, Anaconda, Scarlet Cordia (Cordia sebestena) was introduced into Florida and Puerto Rico and has naturalized.

Positive beckygardener On Oct 4, 2006, beckygardener from (Becky) in Sebastian, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Purchased as a single trunk small tree which I planted 2 years ago. Died back this past winter in my zone. Came back this year as a large bush. It had a lot of eye-catching orange blooms and fruit this year. I don't do anything to it at all except fertilize once a year. Drought tolerant.

Positive princesscarol On Aug 28, 2006, princesscarol from Lake Worth, FL wrote:

three years ago i planted a yellow geiger tree that i purchased at the mounts botanical garden in wpb fl. it was about 2 ft. tall when puchased. it grew slowly the first 2 yrs. but was always flowering. this year it is now about 7 ft. tall beautiful shaped and survived last years2 hurricanes. we love the numerous yellow flowers that are ever present. we have never fetilized it.

Positive greenink On Sep 5, 2005, greenink from Hope Town Abaco
Bahamas (Zone 11) wrote:

The lovely orange blossoms and nice size make this a positive addition. Beware: pests chew the leaves; best viewed from a distance. Puts out lots of new plants, from the seed pods.

Neutral aztropic On Jun 8, 2005, aztropic from Mesa, AZ wrote:

The orange geiger tree is very tropical and although they do fine even in full Arizona sun,if it hits 32 degrees over the winter,they are dead.I have a few in my greenhouse that are flowering and they are only in 1 and 2 gallon pots.The flowers are very deep orange color.

Neutral Chamma On Mar 22, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have found out that the fruits are edible and although they smell nice, they are not very flavourful.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida (2 reports)
Hollywood, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Marathon, Florida
Miami, Florida (3 reports)
Naples, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida (3 reports)
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (3 reports)
Sebastian, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Harlingen, Texas
La Porte, Texas



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