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Persea borbonia

Red Bay

Scientific Name:

Persea borbonia

Genus:

Persea

Species Epithet:

borbonia

Common Name:

Red Bay

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Hammocks, dunes, maritime forests, in dry sandy soils on barrier islands. In NC it occurs primarily on barrier islands. Generally uncommon within a mile of the coast, and rare farther inland. This is an NC Watch List species.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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