Cordia africana is a species of flowering tree in the borage family, Boraginaceae, that is native to Africa. Cordia africana occurs in open forest, riverine forest, edges and clearings in montane forest, and wooded grassland.
Cordia africana is an evergreen shrub or tree with a heavily branched, spreading, umbrella-shaped or rounded crown. It usually grows 4-15 metres tall, but some specimens can be up to 30 metres. The bole can be 60cm in diameter but is often short and of poor form, especially in drier areas. A multipurpose tree, providing food, medicines and materials for the local population. Often gathered from the wild, it is also cultivated for the timber, its edible berries, as shade tree in coffee plantations, as a medicinal plant and also for ornament.