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Plant Details

Gordonia lasianthus

Loblolly Bay, Gordonia

Scientific Name:

Gordonia lasianthus

Common Name:

Loblolly Bay, Gordonia

Plant Family

Theaceae (Tea Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Evergreen Tree

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

75

Soil Moisture:

Hydric, Sub-hydric, Hygric(*)

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Pocosins, bayheads, acidic, organic-rich swamp forests, wet pine savannas, bay forests per Weakley.

Loblolly Bay in bloom

Loblolly Bay is one of the confusing "bay trees" growing in our Coastal Plain wetlands. It is a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic, common in pocosins, swamp forests, and wet pine savannas.

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Paynter, Smith Creek Park, Wilmington, June 13, 2012

Flower

Blooming in summer, Loblolly Bay has a 3" fragrant flower and is sometimes mistaken for Sweetbay, a magnolia species that grows in the same wet habitats.

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Paynter, Smith Creek Park, Wilmington, June 13, 2012

Flower bud

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Leaf

The leaves of Loblolly Bay are shallowly toothed and smooth beneath. The similar Sweetbay has no teeth in the leaf margin and has fine hairs which make the underneath of the leaves look silvery, even at a distance.

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Bark

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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