Cordia sebastiana

Geiger tree


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-14 ft
Flower Color: flower color      orange
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree
Considerations: Leaves eaten by larvae of tortoise beetle rendering them not attractive
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil pH Range: Calcareous but adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • Attracts hummingbirds
  • Attracts butterflies
Native Habitats: Coastal areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Authors disagree on the nativity of this tree. Roger Hammer and IRC consider that since the fruits float and are consumed by migratory white-crowned pigeons, it likely predated Spanish settlement.
  • Hammer, R., 2015. Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida
  • Institute for Regional Conservation.