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GEIGER-TREE
Cordia sebestena

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Photo Locations: University of Miami - Miami, FL and Maui, HI

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

This small, orange-red flowered tree, with its sandpapery leaves, is widely used as an ornamental and street tree in tropical areas around the world, including most cities in Hawai'i. It is drought tolerant, performs well in coastal gardens, and as a street tree in small planting strips. The fleshy white fruit, which are produced almost year round, can be messy. Cordiasebestena has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -1 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/cordia-sebestena/.

Has fragrant Fruit.

Native to Caribbean Islands to tropical America.

Family: Boraginaceae

Additional Common Names

GEIGER-TREE, KOU HAOLE, SIRICOTE, KOPTE, SCARLET CORDIA

Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 25 feet.

Width: 20 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Elliptic, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Orange. Flowers in Spring or Summer.

White, Gray or Green Drupe, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall Edible.

Bark Gray to Brown, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Mites, Scales and Caterpillars.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Container, Shade Tree, Buffer Strip or Street Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cordia sebestena Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cordia-sebestena >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.