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Cordia parvifolia: Small-leaf Geigertree / Little Leaf Cordia

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Form: Casual, open shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen but drought and freeze deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 6' high and 8' wide.
Flowers: White flowers, 1-1.5" wide in clusters.
Bloom: Spring through fall under hot, humid conditions.
Fruit: Inconspicuous.
Leaves: Grey-green leaves with serrate margins 1" long and 1/2" wide.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: No reputation for wildlife attraction.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of Arizona and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9-12.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Monthly.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline).
Prune: Longest branches to encourage denser growth.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden.

A tough plant for the desert.

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