Persea palustris (Raf.) Sarg.
Swamp Bay, Swampbay
Lauraceae (Laurel Family)
Synonym(s): Persea borbonia var. pubescens, Persea pubescens, Tamala pubescens
USDA Symbol: PEPA37
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 65 feet tall, often much shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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, savannas, and swamps
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Persea palustris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Persea palustris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Persea palustris
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-11