Orange geigertree, Largeleaf geigertree
Cordia sebestena
Boraginaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent or specimen tree.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Not recommended for habitat restoration projects. Already over planted within its native range.
Availability:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Small tree or shrub. Usually taller than broad.
Height:
Typically 10-25 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; the West Indies, southern Mexico and Central America. In South Florida, native only to the Florida Keys and the extreme southern mainland, mostly in Everglades National Park. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Habitats:
Hammock edges.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Orange.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
White fleshy drupe.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for large orange sulpher (Phoebis agarithe), Schaus' swallowtail (Papilio aristodemius ponceasus) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Widely cultivated outside its native range in South Florida and sometimes naturalizing. For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online.


Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley