Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Redbay
Persea borbonia
Lauraceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, elliptical, often disfigured, and spicy aromatic with a pale underside. Twigs are mottled green brown and hairy. Bark is red brown to gray becoming ridged and scaly in large trees. Fruit is a round blue drupe. Form is up to 18 m (60 ft) tall and 61 cm (2 ft) in diameter. Redbay is found on sandy bluffs and ridges and in mesic woods.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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