Malosma laurina

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Malosma laurina
Malosma laurina
Malosma laurina

Species Name: Malosma laurina
Common Name: Laurel Sumac

One of the most common chaparral plants. Leaves smell like citrus or apples. Small white berries not noticeable, but appreciated by songbirds (especially warblers).

Plant Family: Anacardiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 18' H x 18' W
Growth Habit: Multi-branching, rounded
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adpatable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Coastal Southern California to Baja
Natural Habitat: Slopes and canyons in chaparral, often north-facing

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows into a large shrub of compact form with rich green foliage often tinged with red on coopery red branches; large clusters of small white flowers. Fine as a predominant plant in a tall shrubbery planting. Stands extremes of heat and drought and is unequaled for planting on dry hillsides. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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