redbay Lauraceae Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng. Listen to the Latin symbol: PEBO Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, entire margins, lance-shaped, evergreen, 3 to 7 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide, spicy odor when crushed, dark green above, pale green below.
Flower: Small, light yellow-green occurring in small, clusters in leaf axils.
Fruit: Dark blue, round drupe, 1/3 to 1/2 inch, mature in early fall.
Twig: Moderately stout, green with brownish hairs, angled or ridged, buds are short and covered in rusty colored hairs.
Bark: Reddish brown, irregular furrows with flat-topped ridges, quite thick.
Form: Large shrub or small tree, 30 to 40 feet tall.

Looks like: swampbay - camphortree - sweetbay magnolia - loblolly bay
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Persea borbonia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting redbay.
External Links:
USDAFS Silvics of North America
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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