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Malosma laurina (Nutt.) Nutt. ex Abrams
Laurel sumac, Laurel-leaf sumac
Synonym(s): Rhus laurina
USDA Symbol: MALA6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree with dense, rounded crown of glossy foliage and odor of bitter almonds. The common and scientific names refer to the resemblance of the foliage to that of Laurel (Laurus nobilis), an unrelated small tree of the Mediterranean region.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Elliptic
, Ovate Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Texture:
Leathery Size Notes: Shrub
to 15 feet. Leaf:
Shiny green above, pale below. Flower:
1/8 inch. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
S. California including Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands, south to Baja California Sur; to 3000 (914 m). Native Habitat:
Dry slopes, in chaparral and coastal sage scrub.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
BenefitUse Ornamental: Planted as an ornamental in California, it grows rapidly and is drought-resistant but is damaged by cold winters. Can be a good large hedge.
Use Wildlife: Songbirds eat the fruit.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff