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Old Today, 10:36 PM
Status: "Subtropical climates don't necessarily have 12 warm months." (set 17 days ago)
Location: Putnam County, TN
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From another recent thread of mine:

Originally Posted by southernnaturelover View Post
My favorite tree for wet areas is Gordonia lasianthus (Loblolly Bay). Very easy to grow and propagate, and I have no idea why they're not more common. Mine even survive droughts well with no watering. Another one is Sweetbay magnolia.

As far as American Holly, I really doubt cuttings would be successful, although I have air layered a few.

(I don't know why my pic is sideways)
I've never heard of Loblolly Bay. That sounds interesting, but it says Zone 7 to 9, and I'm in Zone 7a and have seen people struggle with Chinese Windmill and European Fan Palms (two other supposedly Zone 7 plants, the latter of which even prefers hot summers). Although Southern Magnolia and Needle Palm do far better here, they're generally listed as Zone 6 (6a or 6b depends on who you ask), and we have much milder winter averages than many places in 7a.

How would Loblolly Bay do in my area?

I'm also curious about Escarpment Live Oak as I'd like to pursue them later in my career. I doubt our temperatures would be bad for them (they're just as hardy as Southern Magnolia and Needle Palm), but I'm just not sure about clay soil nor high humidity. How do they handle constant high humidity? Clay soil?
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