Gordonia axillaris seeds mature in November.Type of plant
Tree - Evergreen
3-5 m tall
evergreen feature tree with attractive bark and winter flowers
Temperature: Half hardy
Light: Medium High
Gordonia axillaris seeds
- Gordonia axillaries is an evergreen tree that originates in southern China. This small, hardy tree with a height and spread of 3-5m has dappled orange brown bark. It has dark glossy green leaves and flowers similar to camellias. The large, open, single, white flowers with yellow stamens are borne profusely from April to September. The flowers are up to 10cms across with white wavy-edged petals and a prominent clump of golden stamens. Some of the flowers grow in the leaf axils, hence the species name, axillaris.
Gordonias belong to the Theaceae, or tea family, and the flowers resemble those of the closely related camellia. However gordonia flowers do not go brown on the plant, instead, they drop off and land on the ground with the stamens facing upwards, resembling a carpet of 'fried eggs.
Leaves turn scarlet before they fall.