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Persea thunbergii

Family: Lauraceae (law-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Persea (PER-see-uh) (Info)
Species: thunbergii (thun-BERG-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Machilus thunbergii

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cypresslocal On May 10, 2010, Cypresslocal from Cypress, TX wrote:

This continues to be a great and stunning tree to have, the foliage is very glossy leathery green, growth is rapid especially during warm and wet periods, however I am disappointed despite 10 yrs of establishment my tree has yet to bloom, I was looking forward to propagate it.
It never sustained any damage from Hurricane Ike.
We have a mostly loamy soil with some clay so I am not sure how it will grow in South Houston in the "gumbo" clay areas.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Cypress, Texas
Houston, Texas

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