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Little-Leaf Cordia, Small-Leaf Geigertree

Cordia parvifolia

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Carpenter Bees
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
3 × 2
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season February-May/ July-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 20 °F
Leaf Description Small and roundish
Fruit Inconspicuous.
Longevity
In years
20
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Description An open, airy shrub with an unpredictable branching structure and beautiful, dark bark. Clusters of white blooms appear as humidity increases, especially during the summer monsoon. Because of its size, be sure to give this plant plenty of room as shearing will ruin the elegant form of Cordia parviflora. Plant as a background shrub in combination with hackberry (Celtis pallida), palo verde (Parkinsonia spp.), hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa), desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), and Arizona yellow bells (Tecoma stans v. angustata). The flowers are a food source for desert tortoises. This plant is very tolerant of full sun and reflected heat.