Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1050

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare north of FL, becoming rarer

Look for it on dunes, in maritime forests, in dry sandy soils on barrier islands (known only north to Carteret County, NC). Becoming more rare with the destruction of most maritime and near coastal upland forests for the construction of vacation homes and tourist accomodations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 persistent tepals
9-12 stamens (inner 3 sterile)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Black
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 084-01-001:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Red Bay


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pebo_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_pebo_004_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_borbonia_redbay_4

March        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_borbonia_redbay_5

March        

Leaf blade leathery, elliptical to oblong, tapering at both ends, 2-8" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_persea_borbornia

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1796

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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Will Stuart    wil_9047978143_3e3c22e9b2

September    Hyde County    NC

Outer Banks

A tree occasionally 60-70' tall and 2' in diameter, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Will Stuart    wil_9047996259_2d229b3891

September    New Hanover County    NC

New Hanover County Arboretum

The aromatic, spicy leaves have been used for flavoring soups & meat dishes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Will Stuart    wil_9050229980_b45c65df81

September    New Hanover County    NC

New Hanover County Arboretum

Fruit a lustrous dark blue drupe, to 1/2" long, w yellow-orange peduncles, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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