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Persea palustris (Swamp bay)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Persea palustris

Persea palustris (Raf.) Sarg.

Swamp bay, Swampbay

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Synonym(s): Persea borbonia var. pubescens, Persea pubescens, Tamala pubescens

USDA Symbol: PEPA37

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Swampbay (P. palustris (Raf.) Sarg.) is characterized by twigs and lower leaf surfaces covered with rust-colored hairs. It is found in coastal swamps and ranges from Delaware west to southeast Texas and south to the Bahamas.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Southeastern North America and the Bahamas. From Delaware south to Florida and the Bahamas, west to southeast Texas
Native Habitat: Moist woodlands, savannahs, and swamps

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Persea palustris in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2013-09-07
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