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Lignum Vitae
Scientific Name: Guaiacum sanctum L.
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum  sanctum)
Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum sanctum), U.S.D.A. Forest Service Collection, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 24-25
USDA: 9b-12

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun

Origin: Florida, Mexico to northern South America, West Indies

Growth Habits: Large shrub or tree, up to 30 feet tall (10 m); pinnate leaves, up to 4 inches long (10 cm) with 4 to 10 deep green, oblong to obovate, leathery leaflets, up to 1.5 inches long (4 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 to purple terminal flowers, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm) with yellow stamens

Fruiting Habits:
The seeds are dark brown to black.

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