Sweet Bay, Swamp Bay, Red Bay, Laurel Tree, Tisswood, Florida Mahogany Persea borbonia

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Botanical Name:

Persea borbonia

Family:

Lauraceae

Genus:

Persea

Species:

borbonia

Common Name:

Sweet Bay, Swamp Bay, Red Bay, Laurel Tree, Tisswood, Florida Mahogany

Height:
30 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
8

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  • Persea borbonia

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: can be fall sown without stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* Persea borbonia is a species of plant in the Lauraceae family, with several common names including redbay, tisswood, scrubbay, shorebay, and swampbay.
It is one of about 150 species in the evergreen tree genus Persea. It is an evergreen tree that is native to the Southeastern United States in North America.
* Persea borbonia can be present as either a small tree or a large shrub. It has evergreen leaves that are about 3 to 6 inches long with a lance shape. The leaves are arranged alternately and emit a spicy smell when crushed. The leaves vary in color from bright green to dark green. These trees are capable of producing fruit that is a small, blue or black drupe. Redbay is a perennial, with a non-herbaceous stem that is lignified. more...
* A large roundish or oval shrub or small tree, inconspicuous creamy flowers, dark blue fruit on red stems, likes moist acid soil, full sun or part shade, native to swamps but does well in drier conditions, salt tolerant, native from Delaware to Florida.

The wood is hard, heavy, close-grained, very strong, rather brittle. It weighs 40lb per cubic foot. The wood works well and is suitable for interior uses such as cabinets, but trees with large straight trunks are not sufficiently common to make the tree of commercial interest.
* The fresh or dried leaves can be used as a flavouring in soups etc. more...
[ edit ] Description P.borbonia can be present as either a small tree or a large shrub. It has evergreen leaves that are about 3 to 7 inches long with a lance shape. The leaves are arranged alternately and emit a spicy smell when crushed. [ 2 ] . The leaves vary in color from bright green to dark green. These trees are capable of producing fruit that is a small, blue or black drupe. [ 3 ] Redbay is a perennial, with a non-herbaceous stem that is lignified. [ 4 ]
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Physical Characteristics  Persea borbonia is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft 3in). It is hardy to zone 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires moist soil.
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Usda description:
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