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Gardening sheet malosma laurina


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Gardening sheet malosma laurina

  1. 1. Laural Sumac – Malosma (Rhus) laurina (mal-OZ-muh low-RINE-uh) Family: Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family) Native to: Pacific coast from Santa Barbara Co. to Baja, including Channel Islands; coastal sage scrub (commonly with black, white, or purple sage; Salvia mellifera, S. apiana, S. leucophylla), chaparral, and S. Oak woodland. May form dense stands, usually mixed with other shrubs, grasses. Growth characteristics: woody shrub/tree mature height: 8-16 ft. mature width: 10-15 ft. Large mounding shrub with attractive evergreen, aromatic foliage. New foliage is red-tinged in spring. Moderately fast growth. Long-lived (30-40+ years). Has specialized ‘sprouting roots’ (lignotubers) that allow it to re-sprout after fire or pruning. Poor frost tolerance -- will die back & then re-sprout. Blooms late spring to summer. Flowers are small, white in showy clusters at ends of branches. Small white berries in fall make this a good habitat plant. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: One of our best native shrubs for privacy screens and clipped hedges. Evergreen with attractive foliage and branches. Can be espaliered along walls/fences. Good on slopes and banks for erosion control. Would do fine along roadways, in commercial settings. Sensible substitute for: Non-native woody shrubs such as Ligustrum, Oleander, Photinia, Pittosporum, Podocarpos and Xylosma. Good bee plant. Excellent bird habitat: provides dense cover and berries for food. A favorite shrub of warblers. Animals utilize the dense shade in hot weather. Attracts: Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun Any well-drained soils except those with very high pH (>8.5) Drought tolerant once established; Zone 1-2 best Benefits from organic mulch and low dose of added potassium Management: Prune to shape in late fall. Needs periodic pruning to maintain size and shape. Disease-free. Propagation: from seed: heat or acid treatment by cuttings: semi-softwood after blooming; suckers Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1-3, 7, 8, 10-14, 16, 20, 21, 24-26 12/12/10 © Project SOUND