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Gordonia is an impressive lush evergreen large shrub or small tree that bears large white flowers from mid-winter to spring. The leaves are leathery and deep green, the flowers resemble large creamy white single camellia flowers, unsurprisingly as gordonia are in the same family. The flowers tend to fall right side up, looking like a carpet of fried eggs.
Gordonias like a humus rich, slightly acidic, well drained soil. They respond well to a light prune after flowering.
Gordonia axillaris originates in China, and the name commemorates James Gordon, an eighteenth century nurseryman.
Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring winter
Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: 3.5 metres
Maximum width: 3.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting season: any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser, apply after flowering.