Lignum vitae ‘Sanctum’

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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Includes plug and saucer.

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$ 89.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Guaiacum sanctum

Common Names: Lignum Vitae, Tree of Life, Ironwood, Guayacan

Overview: The Guaiacum Sanctum is commonly called the Lignum Vitae, translating to “Wood of Life” or “Holy Wood.”It is the national tree of the Bahamas, and its flower is the national blossom of Jamaica. Its wood is extremely hard, and were used to make ship propellers. Its resins have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis and rheumatism.

Slow growing, this broadleaf evergreen is available as a tree or a shrub. Seen most often in the 9 to 12 ft. range, it forms a dense rounded canopy. The Lignum Vitae shows off star-shaped 5-petaled blue flowers in clusters that bloom throughout the year. The flowers are followed by small, heart-shaped orange berries. The Lignum Vitae requires full to partial sun, and is drought tolerant, once established.

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Loved Throughout the Caribbean, You’ll Welcome it to Your Yard

The Lignum vitae is a slow-growing evergreen, notable for its dense and knotted wood structure which is one of the densest in the world. Mature trees can reach up to 30 feet in height but are often seen much smaller, particularly when grown in cultivation. The bark is characteristically reddish-brown, becoming deeply furrowed with age.

The leaves of Lignum vitae are compound, with 4 to 6 pairs of small, leathery, and opposite leaflets that are dark green and glossy. Spring brings forth striking blue flowers that are not only visually appealing but also attract a variety of pollinators. Following the flowering period, the tree produces yellow-orange fruits, which contain the seeds.

Caring for your Tree of Life

Caring for a Lignum vitae can be a rewarding experience for any plant enthusiast. Its slow growth rate and durability make it a long-lasting addition to any garden or home collection. By following the guidelines outlined above, you can enjoy the beauty and history of this unique tree for many years. Remember, the success of growing Lignum vitae lies in emulating its natural environment as closely as possible and understanding its growth pattern and needs. Embrace the journey of nurturing this “wood of life,” and it will undoubtedly bring a sense of fulfillment and a touch of tropical splendor to your surroundings.


Lignum vitae prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are growing this tree indoors, ensure it is placed in a location where it receives ample sunlight, such as near a south-facing window. In its native habitat, it is accustomed to the intense sunlight of tropical regions, so outdoor specimens should be positioned accordingly to receive similar exposure.


This tree is adaptable to various soil types but thrives best in well-draining soil. If planting in a container, make sure to use a quality potting mix and ensure that the pot has adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


While the Lignum vitae is drought-tolerant once established, regular watering is essential during its growing season, especially for young plants. The soil should be kept evenly moist but not soggy. Reduce watering frequency in the winter when the plant’s growth naturally slows down.

High humidity levels are ideal, which means that in drier climates, occasional misting may be beneficial, especially when grown indoors.


Feed your Lignum vitae during the growing season with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support its growth. Since the tree is a moderate feeder, over-fertilization should be avoided to prevent the buildup of mineral salts that can harm the plant.


Prune your Lignum vitae to remove any dead or damaged branches and to maintain its shape. Pruning is best done after the flowering season. Due to its slow growth rate, heavy pruning should not be necessary.

Pests and Diseases

Lignum vitae is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can sometimes be affected by root rot if overwatered or if the soil does not drain properly. Insect pests like scale and mealybugs can occasionally be a problem, treatable with horticultural oils or insecticidal soap.


Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Mature Height

20 ft – 40 ft


15 ft – 30 ft

7 reviews for Lignum vitae ‘Sanctum’

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

  2. nathan Woodring (verified owner)

  3. RENE WEBSTER (verified owner)

    Arrived on time, expertly packed with detailed instructions on planting and care. VERY happy!!!

  4. Dustin (verified owner)

    Exactly as presented. Plants arrived quick and in good condition, now just not to be a plant dad failure… 😬

  5. Corey Nix (verified owner)

  6. emerson (verified owner)

    So far so good

  7. Thomas Hill (verified owner)

    Very healthy plant and a good size too!

  8. Marie Reilly

    This is a fabulous tree! The blossoms and berries all colorful and beautiful! I actually think the blossoms look lavender rather than blue! The birds and the honey bees love this tree! It certainly is a Holy Tree of Life! It also, when kept trimmed and small is a natural bonsai tree! And, as I have Bahamian heritage, it’s extra special to me! Enjoy this special tree!

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