Lignum Vitae

 

COMMON NAME LIGNUM VITAE
BOTANICAL NAME Guaiacum Sanctum
CATEGORY Small Tree
HEIGHT 10 – 20 Feet
ZONES 10 to 11
NATIVE Yes
LIGHT Sun to Shade
SALT TOLERANCE Salt Tolerant & Drought Tolerant

This is such a beautiful small tree and is one of the "Top 10".  Not only does the Lignum Vitae have beautiful flowers but the fruit are a lovely yellow on the outside and when they split open they reveal bright red seeds.

Lignum Vitae is one of the hardest woods. Try pruning one and you will not argue with that statement.  The tree is very slow growing and twists and turns as it grows.  We have never experienced any problems whatsoever with these trees. They are polite and behave themselves in the garden.

Lignum Vitae is both RARE and ENDANGERED

There are 7 of these small trees at Villa Maria.  I was fortunate to find them at a plant nursery that was closing.

Closest plant to the Bay is about 50 feet.