- Common Name(s):
- Loblolly bay
- Native Plants, Trees
The Gordonia lasianthus is an evergreen tree that may grow 30 to 75 feet tall. It does not tolerate drought or heavy fertilizer. The bark is a light grey and splotchy and develops splits and long flat ridges. It's root system and branches are very fragile.
Bloom: Summer Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall
Wildlife Value: The loblolly bay provides winter and extreme weather coverage for wildlife. White-tailed deer browse the foliage.
Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: It is not grown commercially due to it being susceptible to damage during transport.
- 30-50 ft.
- The Loblolly bay has 5-petaled, 2-3 inch waxy white, fragrant flowers that bloom in the summer. It also produces a stalked, 5-parted capsule that matures in the fall. The flowers are usually found high up on the tree, not abundant and bloom sporadically.
- The Loblolly bay normally grows in wet, acid, nutrient-poor soils of the southeastern US coastal plain and is an important component of pocosin and Carolina bay ecosystems.
- Open, and gangly when young; dense, pyramidal with age
- Sun to partial shade; moist to wet soil
- 2 to 3 in. waxy white fragrant flowers in summer
- 10-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- The Loblolly bay has dark green, glossy leaves (a few turn red and drop) with a toothed margin and a pale green underside.
NCCES plant id: 482