April - August
A large evergreen tree with thick 10-20 cm long leaves. Young twigs are covered with brown, felt-like hairs. Its large, showy, white, very fragrant flowers are 15-20 cm wide and borne on the ends of branches.
The fruit is used by squirrels and wild turkeys throughout the fall months.
Low lands an coastal woods, rich woods, moist bottomlands, swamp forests, maritime forests.
The wood is hard and heavy, being utilized for crates, boxes, and some rough flooring.