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Umbellaria californica

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Species Name: Umbellularia californica
Common Name: California Bay

Fragrant leaves used in cooking. Excellent tree for woodland/riparian landscapes, recommended as a large screen or hedge. Protect young plants from browsing deer. Found locally in Verdugo and San Gabriel Mtns.

Plant Family: Lauraceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 75' H x 60' W
Growth Habit: Rounded, dense then uprigh
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Francisco Bay, Outer South Coast Range; scattered in both Transverse and Peninular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Canyons, valleys, chapparal below 5000'

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