Gordonia lasianthus

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Plant Specifics

Size:40-65(80) ft, conical canopy narrower than the tree is tall.  Trunk up to 1.5 ft dbh.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms spring-summer. Often has some red leaves in fall. May live 100 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Makes a good specimen tree or a cluster of in wet areas along margins of lakes and ponds.

This tree is columnar in form and can make a formal-looking plant near an entryway.
Considerations:Sensitive to drying. Difficult to grow unless its moisture requirements are met.
Propagation:Seed and cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts hummingbirds.


Flowers attract a variety of insects including bees and flies. 

Native Habitats:Moist-wet sites. Seepage swamps, bay swamps, edges of cypress domes, low flatwoods. This species is likely restricted to wetland edges both by its need for high soil moisture and due to lack of tolerance of fire.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures