The botanical name of fried egg plant is Gordonia axillaris.  As a gardener if you’re actually looking for something a little different to add to your garden you can try fried egg tree. The plant has a peculiar name and is very easy to care for. Continue reading to learn more about fried egg plant.


Fried Egg Plant Info

The fried egg plant which is also known as Gordonia plant is native to Southeast Asia where it is known as Polyspora axillaris. The fried egg plant is also referred to by its other scientific names of Franklinia axillaris and Camellia exillaris. The fried egg plant is an interesting plant that thrives in swampy areas along the Atlantic and in the Gulf Coastal Plains in the United States. The plant is a small evergreen tree that can grow up to sixteen feet and it gets its name because its big white flowers bear a resemblance to a fried egg. The unusual, aromatic ‘fried egg flower,’ which is about four inches in diameter, is white with five petals and a cluster of yellow stamens in the middle. The Fried egg plants actually bloom from autumn to spring and the flowers resemble those of the closely related camellia, although they do not brown on the plant. When they actually fall to the ground, they look like fried eggs. The leaves of the plant are glossy and dark green with a leathery texture. In the winter, the tips of the leaves become red, giving this plant special off-season appeal. The bark is really shiny and they are orange and brown in color. The Fried egg plant is slow to get going, but the growth rate increases once it is established.


Fried Egg Plant Care

Actually, the flower of the plant likes full sun to part shade. The plant needs good drainage, which means planting them on a slope near a wet area is often the best bet. The plant also needs slightly acidic soil and they do not grow well in calcium rich soil.

Mulching the plant will help to reduce weeds. Also, fertilizing in the spring with azalea and camellia food will really help the fried egg plant to reach its full potential. Pruning the plant will help to achieve a bushy growth but is not necessary. The fried egg plant will take on a natural dome shape when left alone. You can also trim the fried egg plant like a hedge when it is young. The plant does not have serious disease or pest problem.

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