Cordia sebestena: Geiger Tree

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.

Photo: SG 20120427

Sources: Wikipedia, Key West Garden Club.


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