loblolly bay Theaceae Gordonia lasianthus (L.) Ellis Listen to the Latin symbol: GOLA Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, narrow elliptical, leathery, finely serrated, 3 to 6 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide, evergreen, lustrous dark green above, pale and dull beneath.
Flower: Handsome, 5 petaled, white flowers, 2 to 3 inches across, solitary, appear in mid-summer.
Fruit: Woody, 5-parted capsule, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, on a long stalk (1 1/2 to 3 inches).
Twig: Moderately stout, gray turning dark, buds gray or rusty hairy, pointed at tips.
Bark: Light gray, splotchy, later develops splits and flat ridges.
Form: Small tree with narrow crown and straight trunk, may reach 60 feet but typically smaller.

Looks like: sweetbay magnolia - redbay - common sweetleaf - Franklin tree
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Additional Range Information:
Gordonia lasianthus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting loblolly bay.
External Links:
USDAFS Silvics of North America
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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