Common Name: Loblolly Bay
- Habit: Tree
- Light: Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Average, Moist, Wet
- Height: 30+’
- Flower: White, May-Aug.
- Fruit: Brown seed capsules
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat: Bog, Floodplain/Marsh, Riparian, Mesic Forests
Gordonia lasianthus, also known as Loblolly Bay, is an evergreen tree that ranges in size from 30-60ft depending on the moisture content of the soil. Large, waxy flowers are produced during the spring and summer months. These fragrant, white flowers have five petals surrounding a group of yellow stamens making them visually similar to the Cherokee Rose. The blooms open individually rather than all at once which provides interest all season long.