- Common Name(s):
- Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
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.
- 15-40 ft.
- In early summer, small, yellow-green groups of flowers mature in clusters on the Redbay tree. This tree produces a dark blue spherical fruit.
- The Redbay will do well in full sun to partial shade in a range of soil types.
- Oval to rounded
- Full sun, part shade, shade
- Dark blue spherical
- 10-20 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 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.
NCCES plant id: 2067