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Redbay (Persea borbonia) Wilt

A collection of materials for helping people understand the host and the organisms causing redbay loss on the Coastal Plain.

Collected By: Dr. Kim D. Coder 02/05/2007

Selected References For Redbay (Persea borbonia)
Redbay (Persea borbonia) has become the center of discussions regarding exotic pests invading native forests and changing the forestís ecological complexion and destroying a cultural heritage. This publication provides a list of selected references which can help frame information about redbay, as well as provide entry into the more important literature regarding biological, cultural and pest management issues.
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Images of Persea (Lauraceae)
Images of two Persea species (and other Lauraceae)
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Persea in "Silvics of North America"
A direct link to the Silvics of North America entry for Persea borbonia.
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Redbay Geographic Range In Georgia (Map)
General geographic range for redbay (Persea borbonia) in Georgia (federal source -- USDA-FS) (confirmed samples and personal observations).
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An Ophiostoma species and Xyleborus glabratus Threaten Red Bay (Persea borbonia) and Other Members of the Lauraceae in the Southeastern USA
"Extensive mortality of red bay (Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng) has been observed in maritime forests of the southeastern United States since 2003. Trees exhibit wilt-like symptoms and a black discoloration of the sapwood.
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Association of Xyleborus glabratus and an Ophiostoma sp. with mortality of red bay (Persea borbonia) in Georgia and South Carolina
"Red bay (Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng) is an aromatic, evergreen tree or shrub that is common in forests in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains of the southeastern United States. Trees can attain heights as great as 21 m and diameters as great as 90 cm, although tree size and growth habitat varies greatly over its range. The species is important for wildlife in southern forests, and the tree is also used as an ornamental.
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Identifying Characteristics Of Redbay (Persea borbonia)
Redbay (Persea borbonia) is a unique tree of the lower coastal plain of the southern and southeastern United States. (Figure 1) Redbay has many highly variable characteristics which have caused some historical and modern misidentification.
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Redbay (Persea borbonia): A Tree Of Confusion
At the edge of streams, springs, and swamps hides the redbay tree. Redbay (Persea borbonia), with its evergreen aromatic leathery leaves, dark blue fruit hanging on into winter, and reddish bark is a jewel among trees.
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Redbay Wilt Risk Assessment Map For Georgia
Risk assessment for Ophiostoma / Xyleborus glabratus range expansion based upon combined climatic data (temperature, precipitation, and evaporation -- 30 year averages) and susceptible species present (Laurel family genera included were Cinnamomum, Lindera(3), Litsea, Persea (2), and Sassafras).
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Stress, Pests & Injury In Redbay (Persea borbonia)
Redbay (Persea borbonia) is a medium sized tree of the deep coastal plain woodlands. Redbay is a member of the Laurel family, one of the more primitive angiosperms families.
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Taxonomy & Identification: Redbay ( Persea borbonia)
At the edge of streams, springs, and swamps hides the redbay tree. Redbay (Persea borbonia), with its evergreen aromatic leathery leaves, dark blue fruit hanging on into winter, and reddish bark is a jewel among trees.
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Sub-Topics
Insects, Forest Health, Diagnosis and Treatment, Abiotic Factors, Disease
State(s)/Region(s)
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
Keywords
Red bay, Persea, Silkbay, Redbay wilt, Leaf characteristics
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