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Cordia sebestena

Geiger Tree, Kou Haole
Shrubs, Trees


These members of the forget-me-not family are grown for their showy flowers. Some species are at home in the desert Southwest, others in more tropical climates.

Cordia sebestena

Native to the Caribbean Islands and tropical America. A popular street tree in Hawaii’s dry lowlands. Grows to 10–25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide, with a dense, round head. Dark green leaves are 9–12 in. long and half as wide, and so rough surfaced they are almost sandpapery. Clusters of brilliant orange-red flowers are produced much of the year at branch tips. Good wind and salt tolerance; takes drought but does best with regular water.

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