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Red BayFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Red bay (Persea borbonia)


The Red bay is a broadleaf evergreen commonly found in the coastal regions of North Carolina. Leaves are about three to six inches long. The stem is woody. The fruit is dark blue with a spherical shape.
Persea borbonia

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
This tree can grow in a variety of different soil types; They prefer to grow in either well drained soil or occasionally wet soil; They can grow in full sun or partial shade This species is resistant for many parasites and diseases; The red ambrosia beetle however carry a fungus that can lead to Laurel Wilt Disease The flowers bloom during May and June; The fruit is available in the fall during September and October It is considered to be a small tree or a large shrub, but it can grow up to 60 feet tall It is mainly used as a ornamental tree; But the fruit is edible to humans, and provides a good food source for wildlife