Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds
Loblolly Bay  Gordonia lasianthus  10 Seeds

Loblolly Bay Gordonia lasianthus 10 Seeds

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The Loblolly Bay is a small to medium-sized, evergreen tree that is native to the southeastern United States. It is a member of the tea family and is related to the camellias and the stewartias. It has large, white, camellia-like flowers with 5 petals and many orange stamens. The flowers are born among the leaves at the twig ends. Leaves are elliptic, dark green, leathery and shiny. Fruits are capsules with 5 sections. The capsules are on long stalks. It has a columnar or pyramidal form with an open growth habit. The trunk has thick, brown or grayish-brown bark with large ridges and deep furrows. It is a much larger tree than the other native members of the tea family and it is much more common than any of those species. It is one of the common trees of the swamps in the southeast. It flowers in mid-summer, much later in the season than many other native plants so it extends the flowering season of a garden.  The loblolly bay grows in wet woodlands, swamps, bays and pinelands. The name loblolly means a wet area, which is where it grows, and the leaves are similar to the leaves of the bay laurel, hence the name loblolly bay – a bay-leaved plant that grows in swamps.  Hardy in zones 7-9.

 

Growing instructions for the Loblolly Bay

 

The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the spring or summer and they will germinate the next spring or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 2. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 2-3 months. 3. The seeds like moist soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 4. Put the soil in a pot. 5. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil. 6. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.