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Loblolly bay
Gordonia lasianthus

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Accent or specimen tree in wet locations.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).

Description: Medium to large tree.

Dimensions: Typically 25-50 feet; to 95 feet in Florida.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States west to Mississippi and south to Palm Beach, Glades and Sarasota counties.

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Habitats: Swamps.

Soils: Wet to moist, seasonally inundated organic soils, acid pH.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White

Flower Characteristics: Showy; fragrant

Flowering Season: Summer

Fruit: Ovoid capsule, splitting open at maturity.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides moderate amounts of food and significant cover for wildlife.

References: Nelson 2003, Schaefer & Tanner 1997

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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