Cordia sebestena is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree or shrub that belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It is also known by various other common names, including Orange Geiger, Geiger Tree, and Scarlet Cordia.
Geiger Tree tree is native to the Caribbean, South Florida, and South and Central America. It is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its ornamental value, as it produces showy, trumpet-shaped orange or scarlet flowers in clusters. The tree also produces fruit that is edible but not typically consumed.
They are fast-growing trees that can reach heights of up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) in its natural habitat. It has a rounded, spreading canopy with a smooth, gray bark and glossy, dark green leaves that are oval-shaped and up to 8 inches (20 cm) long.
The Cordia sebestena tree is highly tolerant of heat, drought, and salt, making it a popular choice for landscaping in coastal areas. It prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade.
In traditional medicine, the leaves and bark of Cordia sebestena are used to treat a range of ailments, including respiratory infections, skin conditions, and fever. However, more research is needed to confirm these traditional uses and their safety and effectiveness.