Gordonia lasianthus

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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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
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms spring-summer. Often has some red leaves in fall. May live 100 yrs (Nelson 2003).
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.


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.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand



Attracts hummingbirds.

Flowers attract a variety of insects including bees and flies.