Persea borbonia

red bay


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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-60 ft    Width: 3-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: This and other bays are being attacked by a fatal disease. It avoid spreading this plant, it is best not to plant this or other bays.
Considerations: Subject to Laural wilt, which is spread by the redbay ambrosia beetle. Do not move dead wood. Allow sprouts from stumps to grow to supply larval food for the spicebush swallow tail and other butterflies.
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


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Native Habitats: Upland hardwood forests, dry mesic hammocks, calcareous hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This species and other members of the Lauraceae are being attacked by a serious, fatal disease. Do not plant this plant unless you are absolutely sure that it is not infected!