Latin Name: Cordia sebestena
Here is a small shapely tree that will grow to 25 feet tall and wide. It is from South America but grows quite well from Tampa south to the Keys. It is considered by most to be native of Florida Keys.
Historians using Key West records have documented that Dr. Strobel’s Neighbor was Captain Geiger. The Cordia tree became ‘Geiger Tree’ named after Captain Geiger who built his home on Whitehead Street in Key West.
Size: 15 to 20 feet
Flower: Orange or yellow and white with a gold center Flowers 2 in wide
Leaf: large 7 in, dark green
Bloom time: Year around color, evergreen
Culture: Sun to partial shade, acidic soil 6-7ph. Does not like wet feet, drought tolerant, medium growth rate, ideal plant for poor soils. Salt tolerant to spray, frost sensitive
Use: Container or above ground planter, large parking lot islands. Recommended for buffer strips around parking lots or median strip in highway. Near a deck or patio, shade tree, sidewalk cutout or residential street tree. Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds
Latin Name: Citharexylum fruiticosum
If you are from the north and you love the smell of Lilac then this is as close as you will get here in Florida. Small tree or large bush available in native nurseries. This has a slow to moderate growth rate and its habitat is pineland or hammocks. Fiddlewood is best not planted in groups because moth caterpillar can defoliate leaves
Size: 15 to 25 feet 39 feet in S. Florida
Flower: White, Fragrant, with male and female on different plants
Bloom time: Year around flower
Culture: Salt tolerant is low, moist well drained sandy soils, tolerant of brief periods of drought. Grows best with some organic content in the soil. Full sun to light shade.
Use: Provides food and cover for wildlife and nectar for butterflies. Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restoration. Also useful in buffer plantings