Trees, to 25 m. Branches appressed-pubescent. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic to widely ovate, 6-16 × 2-5 cm; surfaces abaxially pale, glaucous, moderately pubescent when young with rusty brown, appressed hairs, glabrescent with age, adaxially green, lustrous. Inflorescences: peduncle equal to or shorter than subtending leaf petiole, pubescent. Drupe (8-)10 mm diam., usually glaucous. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering spring–early summer.
Habitat: In hammocks, mixed hardwoods, coastal dunes, maritime forests, outer Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, rarely in the Piedmont
Elevation: 0-100 m
Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tex.
Some Native Americans used Persea borbonia for medicinal purposes (D. E. Moerman 1986).