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Plant Details

Persea palustris

Swamp Bay

Scientific Name:

Persea palustris

Common Name:

Swamp Bay

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree/Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

yellowish

Size in Feet:

25 - 30

Bloom Time:

May - June

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Swamps, pocosins, bay forests, maritime forests, generally in wet peaty soils, but also in fairly dry, sandy soils in maritime forests. ...A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Recently split from Persea borbonia, Redbay

Leaves

Swamp Bay leaves often have galls that are a good id mark, as shown here on the leaf on the lower right.

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Underside of leaf

Leaves are sparsely to densely hairy beneath with rust-colored principle veins.

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Flowers

Swamp Bay twigs are also densely rusty-pubescent.

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Fruit (drupe)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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