Aug 1, 2012, 11:39 a.m.
by Wayne Matchett
Loblolly Bay (Gordonia lasianthus) is one of our showiest native trees. It has white, cup-shaped flowers, is 3-inches across, and blooms throughout the summer. Loblolly Bay is in the tea family, which includes camelia and gardenia. It is found in acid, swampy soils in the southeast coastal plain. Currently, beautiful displays of Loblolly Bay in bloom can be seen along SR 528. Look for medium-sized trees with large, white flowers scattered amongst dark-green, glossy leaves. This photo was taken in Wickham Park. Loblolly bay can be seen in Wickham Park on the north edge of the north disc golf course. Loblolly bay is common on swamp margins along SR 528. Look for medium-height trees with large, white flowers amongst dark-green, glossy leaves.
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