This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We believe this plant has never been found since its original discovery by William Bartram. All the plants known are only those under culture. We found on a recent visit to the Bartram Gardens that the original tree had disappeared. In his travels Bartram gives the following account of the location: - "I set off early in the morning for the Indian trading-house, on the river St. Mary, and took the road up the north-east side of the Alatahama to Fort Barrington. I passed through a well inhabited district, mostly rice plantations, on the waters of Cathead Creek, a branch of the Alatahama. On drawing near the fort, I was delighted at the appearance of two new beautiful shrubs in all their blooming graces. One of them appeared to be a species of Gordonia, but the flowers are larger and more fragrant than those of Gordonia lasianthus."