A large genus of 300 species of trees, shrubs, and climbers that are grown for their showy, fragrant, bell-shaped or tubular flowers. They make good specimen plants in the garden; they may also be grown in a greenhouse.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFragrant flowers.
CareProvide full sun and moist but well-drained soil. Cordia species like high humidity.
PropagationTake cuttings in summer. Start seeds indoors in winter or spring, or sow them in situ.
ProblemsInfrequent, but watch for rust, mushroom root rot, and leaf spots.