Malosma Laurina

Malosma-laurina (Rhus laurina).jpg
Malosma-laurina (Rhus laurina)2.jpg

Common Names: Laurel Sumac

syn. Rhus Laurina


Family: Anacardiaceae

Origin: California

Type: Evergreen shrub or tree

Size: 8 ft. high, 20 ft. wide.

Flowers: Small white flowers, late spring; long oval-shaped green scented leaves 2-4 in. long, edged with red; white berry-like fruit.

Uses: Large screen, hedge, espalier. Fire resistive.

Wildlife: Birds and butterflies. Deer resistant.

Soil: Tolerates a variety of soil, but must be well-drained; wet soils can kill plant.

Water: Low. Likes dry spaces.

Sun: Full sun to some shade.

Pruning: Prune to control rangy growth. To make fire-safe, prune lower third of branches.

Pests & Diseases: Pest and disease free.

Notes: From coast and inland foothills of central California into Baja California. Flammable in wildfires. Hardy to 20° F.