Cordia sebestena is widely planted throughout the tropics and subtropics as an Ornamental plant in gardens because of its flowers. It has dark green, oval shaped leaves. This is a popular ornamental tree in a garden, a street or a median strip tree or parking lot tree 🙂
The tree comes from the Borage Family. The name, Cordia is after Valerius Cordus, a 16th Century German botanist. Sebestena refers to a Persian tree with similar seeds found near the town of Sebesta. Egyptian mummy cases were made out of the wood.
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Sources: Wikipedia, Key West Garden Club.