Seed of the Week: Little Leaf Cordia

Our mystery seeds from last week are from a plant that is relatively new to landscape use in Arizona and gaining popularity, the little leaf cordia, Cordia parvifolia. Cordia’s are sometimes called “Geiger trees” in homage to Captain Geiger who first grew one in Florida (story here).


Little leaf cordia has lovely clusters of crisp, white flowers.


The seeds form in these fuzzy pods. The seeds apparently do not germinate readily, and the plants are often grown from cuttings.


In case you were wondering, the little leaf cordia does have relatively small, gray-green leaves.


It is a medium-sized shrub that tolerates dry conditions and heat very well.


Do any cordias or Geiger trees grow where you live? What do their seeds look like?

1 Comment

  1. Anna

    I am unfamiliar with this plant. The flower looks like purple flower whose name I can’t remember if I think of it I’ll post it later.

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