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Persea borbonia

Common Name(s):
Redbay
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

The bark of the Persea borbonia is reddish brown with irregular furrows that separate flat-topped ridges.  The wood, which takes a beautiful polish, is used for fine cabinetwork and also for lumber. The spicy leaves can be used to flavor soups and meats.

Regions:  Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

     Bloom:   Spring    Fruit/Seed/Nut:  Fall

Wildlife Value:  The Redbay is moderately resistant to deer damage.  It provides winter cover.  It is a host plant for the Palamedes Swallowtail.  The foilage is browsed by white-tailed deer and fruts are eaten by songbirds, wild turkeys, quails, foxes, raccoons, opossums and black bear.

 

Height:
15-40 ft.
Flower:
In early summer, small, yellow-green groups of flowers mature in clusters on the Redbay tree. This tree produces a dark blue spherical fruit.
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
The Redbay will do well in full sun to partial shade in a range of soil types.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Oval to rounded
Exposure:
Full sun, part shade, shade
Fruit:
Dark blue spherical
Width:
10-20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
The Redbay has 2-4 in. alternate, simple leaves. They have a smooth margin and produce a spicy odor when crushed. A few yellow or red leaves drop during the season.
Tags:
aromatic, birds, fruit, butterflies, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2067

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