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Cordia parvifolia (Littleleaf cordia)

Cordia parvifolia Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kirti Mathura


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cordia parvifolia KOR-dee-ah par-vih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Littleleaf cordia Genus: Cordia
Though its leaves are small, this semi-deciduous shrub stands out in the landscape. Littleleaf cordia has a prolifically branching, slightly open form that looks good year-round. Its roughly textured, dark gray-green foliage contrasts nicely with its coppery brown young stems. From late spring into fall, branch tips bear clusters of pristine, white, funnel-shaped flowers to provide a visually cooling effect during the peak of summer heat. It grows to 6 to 8 feet tall and wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: This Southwestern U.S. native shrub is low-maintenance and drought-tolerant.
Care: Provide full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation: From cuttings.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Late Spring; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge
Style Desert Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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