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Guaiacum santum, Lignum Vitae

Lignum-vitae can be grown in full sun or partial shade on a wide variety of soils, including alkaline. Plants will easily tolerate wet or dry soil, wind, and salt, making it an ideal choice especially for seaside plantings. They make one of the nicest small shade trees for tropical landscapes and can be used as a street tree. They are especially useful for small restricted soil spaces. Pollen causes slight allergy symptoms.

The Florida Keys, West Indies, Mexico to Northern South America. Plant is endangered in Florida.

Lignum Vitae Photos

Lignum Vitae

Lignum Vitae Leaves

Lignum Vitae Flowers

Lignum Vitae Flower buds

Lignum Vitae Flowers

Additional Information

Lignumvitae (91KB pdf)