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Georgia bark
Aimophila aestivalis perched on Pinckneya pubens.jpg
Branch of Pinckneya pubens from The Birds of America; branch painted by Maria Martin
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
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Order:
Family:
Subfamily:
Cinchonoideae
Tribe:
Cinchoneae
Genus:
Pinckneya
Species:
P. pubens
Binomial name
Pinckneya pubens
Michaux
Pinckneya bracteata range map 1.png
Natural range of Pinckneya pubens
Synonyms

Pinckneya bracteata (W. Bartr.)
Cinchona lancifolia (Mutis.)

Pinckneya pubens, the Georgia bark or fevertree, is a small tree of the southern United States closely resembling the cinchona or Peruvian bark. It has pretty, large white flowers, with longitudinal stripes of rose-color. The wood is soft and unfit for use in the arts. The inner bark is extremely bitter.

Habitat and cultivation

Pinckneya is native to poorly drained acidic soils, as along swamp margins. Soils may be fine, medium or coarse textured. Good pest resistance and distinctive flower characteristics make this species of interest to gardeners, who should ensure that it receives occasional irrigation over a dry summer.

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