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Fried Egg Plant Polyspora axillaris

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Gordonia axillaris
Phonetic Spelling
pol-ee-SPOR-uh ax-ILL-ar-iss
Description

Fried Egg Plant is given that name because of the large white flowers with lemony yellow centers.  The flowers can be enjoyed on the tree as well as on the ground after they drop. It is a large shrub or small evergreen tree in the tea family.  Very little maintenance is needed other than a light pruning in spring after flowering to maintain shape.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#small spaces#white flowers#container plant#low maintenance#spring flowers#flowering tree#large shrub#evergreen shrub#evergreen tree#pathways
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#small tree#small spaces#white flowers#container plant#low maintenance#spring flowers#flowering tree#large shrub#evergreen shrub#evergreen tree#pathways
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Polyspora
    Species:
    axillaris
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Distribution:
    China, Taiwan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large, showy white flowers 4" across with crepe-paper petals and yellow centers
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Small Tree