Gordlinia grandiflora ‘Sweet Tea’

(Sweet Tea Gordlinia)


$149.99


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Gordlinia grandiflora, commonly known as mountain gordlinia, is an intergeneric hybrid resulting from a controlled cross made in August of 2002 by Ranney and Fantz of the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University between Franklinia alatamaha (deciduous female parent commonly called Franklin tree) and Gordonia lasianthus (evergreen male parent commonly called loblolly bay).

This fast-growing hybrid typically grows as a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 20’ (occasionally to as much as 30’) tall and to 15’ wide. Large, partially cupped to flattened, camellia-like flowers (to 5” diameter), each sporting 5 white petals surrounding a showy boss of egg-yolk yellow center stamens, bloom from July to September.  Leaves are semi-evergreen, but usually acquire some shades of red and orange in fall.

Description

Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Must have good soil drainage, but do not allow soils to dry out. Consider raised plantings in poorly-drained heavy clay soils. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 7. Perhaps best planted in full sun in northern parts of its growing range, but appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

Additional information

Common Name

Sweet Tea Gordlinia

Botanical Name

x Gordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea'

Container/Amount

10 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part sun to full sun

Height

20 ft

Width

8-15'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

mid to late summer

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

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