Gordonia axillaris/Gordonia

Gordonia axillaris / Gordonia axillaris
Close-up of handsome flower
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Close-up of handsome flower

Blooms in fall


Several flower buds in varying stages of development, thus blooming over an extended period

Nice evergreen foliage

Single blossom

Large prominent flower blooming autumn

Spent flowers on the groung, all facing up, thus the common name "the fried egg plant -- sunny side up"

Old, spent flowers on the ground

Flowers on the gound

Flowers on the ground, a common sight in late November

Tree in heavy bloom in late November

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Scientific Name: Gordonia axillaris
Common Name: Gordonia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Gordonias belong to the tea family and the flowers resemble those of the closely related camellia. The white flowers drop to the ground and with the exposed yellow stamens resemble a carpet of "fried eggs." Can grow to 60 feet in height, but generally must less than that.