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Loblolly Bay Gordonia lasianthus

Phonetic Spelling
gor-DOH-nee-ah lah-see-AHN-thus
Description

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

 

 Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  It is not grown commercially due to it being susceptible to damage during transport.  

Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#flowers#wildlife plant#highly beneficial coastal plants#deer resistant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#flowers#wildlife plant#highly beneficial coastal plants#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gordonia
    Species:
    lasianthus
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    The loblolly bay provides winter and extreme weather coverage for wildlife.  White-tailed deer browse the foliage.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 75 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Open
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    It produces a stalked, 5-parted capsule that matures in the fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    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
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Doubly Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The Loblolly bay has dark green, glossy leaves (a few turn red and drop) with a toothed margin and a pale green underside.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    The bark is a light grey and splotchy and develops splits and long flat ridges.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer