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Gordonia lasianthus, Loblolly Bay

Gordonia lasianthus

Loblolly Bay
Family: Theaceae
Origin: Southern United States
USDA Zone: 8-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Ornamental attractive evergreen tree with large white showy flowers are about 3" in diameter that appear in late spring and sporadically throughout the summer. The flowers are fragrant and are attractive to many insect species. An excellent specimen tree or grove in wet areas and at the margins of lakes and ponds. The symmetric narrowly conical form of this tree makes it a most beautiful specimen standing in an expanse of lawn either singly or in groups. Young specimens can be grown in containers and strike an elegant note on the patio or in pairs flanking an entryway.

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