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Gordonia axillaris (Gordonia, fried egg plant)

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Plant description

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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.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: 3.5 metres

Maximum width: 3.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser, apply after flowering.

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