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Guaiac Wood, Lignum Vitae
Scientific Name: Guaiacum officinale L.
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 24-25
USDA: 10-12

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun

Origin: Panama to northern South America, West Indies

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, up to 30 feet tall (10 m); pinnate leaves, up to 4 inches long (10 cm) with 4 to 6 deep green, ovate, leathery leaflets, up to 2 inches long (5 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs good drainage, somewhat drought resistant


The Lignum Vitae wood is extremely dense and hard and is in high demand.

Blooming Habits:
Blue (occasionally white) terminal flowers, 1.3 inch in diameter (3 cm) with yellow stamens, and slightly tomentose petals.

Fruiting Habits:
The seeds are light brown to brown.

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