Gordonia lasianthus (L.) J.Ellis

Loblolly Bay

Family: Theaceae

Genus: Gordonia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: To 70' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green, glossy foliage, to 6" long, paler below. White flowers with a gold center, to 3" diameter, in late spring to summer. Narrow, pyramidal form. Not drought tolerant.


Native to the southeast coast US, from Florida to North Carolina, found in wetlands.

Published in Philos. Trans. 60: 253 in 1771.

Basionym is Hypericum lasianthus L. - Lectotype = "Alcea Floridana quinque capsularis Laurinis foliis, leviter crenatis, seminibus coniferarum instar alatis" in Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 44.

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