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California laurel

Umbellularia californica

Native to California coastal forests, has spicy, pungent foliage.

SMUD Availability:
No
Size:
Large
Height:
25-70 ft
Width:
25-40 ft
Water Needs:
Moderate to Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Evergreen
Shape:
Oval
Fall color:
None
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
May get anthracnose, blights and sooty mold. Aphids, scale, and borers can be a problem.
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 6' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 15 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 8 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 30 feet
  • between trees: 30 feet

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