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Loblolly bay

Gordonia lasianthus
Plant Botanical Name: 
Gordonia lasianthus
USBG Plant Location: 
National Garden
Conservatory Room Location: 
Southern Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Plant Soil Type: 
Moist, well-drained soil
Plant Moisture Requirements: 
Does not tolerate drought

Gordonia is an attractive native tree for the home garden. It has fragrant, white 'camellia-like' flowers in the summer, and although mostly evergreen, some leaves turn red and drop during the autumn. Found continuously along the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains from North Carolina to the Florida panhandle, with segmented populations in the coastal counties of Alabama and southern Mississippi.

National Garden Room Location: