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Gordonia lasianthus

Common Name(s):
Loblolly bay
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

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.  

Height:
30-50 ft.
Flower:
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.
Zones:
8-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
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.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Open, and gangly when young; dense, pyramidal with age
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist to wet soil
Fruit:
2 to 3 in. waxy white fragrant flowers in summer
Width:
10-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
The Loblolly bay has dark green, glossy leaves (a few turn red and drop) with a toothed margin and a pale green underside.
Tags:
highly beneficial coastal plants, fragrant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 482

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