Common Name Lignum Vitae
Type of Plant Tree
This native, evergreen tree is known for its heavy wood used on ships’ pulleys, hinges, and bearings. Lignum vitae can reach 30’OA, although it is very slow growing. Bright yellow seed pods containing vibrant red seeds give this dainty tree a pop of color when it isn't in bloom. In the spring however, it reveals petite blue and purple flowers!
Requirements It prefers full sun to part shade and is very coastal salt tolerant. Lignum vitae can withstand seasonally dry periods and therefore is moderately drought tolerant. Well drained soil and regular irrigation will allow this ornamental to thrive!
Country of Origin Florida and West Indies
Cold Tolerance 27
Sun Needs Full Sun
Water Needs Little