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Mountain Gordlinia

A Southern garden favorite

  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 20 - 30 feet
  • Zone: 7-9
  • Flowering Date: July to September
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Mountain Gordlinia

Quickly add form and flair to your landscape with this fast-growing hybrid. Though it is often seen as a multi-stemmed shrub, it is actually a small tree that grows up to 30' tall with a spread of 8-15'. In midsummer, the semi-evergreen foliage is covered in large, flat-cupped white blooms with yellow centers. These are highly ornamental flowers that have a camellia-like form and a sweet fragrance that lures butterflies to the area. Easy to grow in fertile, humus-rich soil, Mountain Gordlinia makes an outstanding privacy screen thanks to its thick foliage and petite form. Later in the fall, the leaves pick up bold red and orange highlights for a decorative autumnal look. Gordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea'
Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameGordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea'
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun, Partial Shade
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread8 - 15 feet
  • Spacing8 - 15 feet
  • Hardiness Zone7-9
  • Flowering DateJuly to September
  • Planting InstructionsDig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly
  • Winter CareA winter mulch is advantageous the first winter if fall planted
  • Flower Color:white
  • Flower Form4 ovate bracts 2-3" long which open large white flowers
  • Foliage TypeGlossy green leaves
  • Soil RequirementBest grown as a specimen tree in a fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil in full sun or partial shade. It is not recommended for poor, shallow, chalk soils.
  • PruningDead wood should be removed after flowering
  • Unique CharactersticsMissouri Botanical Garden: x 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). Nine hybrids were propagated in December of 2003 from seeds produced by this intergeneric cross. 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. Narrow, lanceolate-elliptic leaves (to 4-8" long) with serrulate margins are dark green above and pale green beneath. Leaves are semi-evergreen, but usually acquire some shades of red and orange in fall. Hybrid name is a combination of the generic names of the parents. Specific epithet from Latin means with large flowers. SWEET TEA is in reference to this hybrid being a member of the tea family with flowers having a mild sweet fragrance.
  • Shipped4" POT
  • Height/Habit20 - 30 feet
  • Growth RateSlow to moderate
Shipping Information

When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2018 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4B 5/7/18 - 6/22/18
5A 4/2/18 - 6/22/18
5B 3/19/18 - 6/22/18
6A 3/12/18 - 6/22/18
6B 3/5/18 - 6/22/18
7A & 7B 2/26/18 - 6/22/18
8A & 8B 2/19/18 - 5/18/18
9A - 10B 2/12/18 - 5/18/18
Last Order Date Zones 1-7: June 18th, 2018
Zones 8-10: May 14th, 2018

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