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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
- 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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