Malosma laurina

Laurel sumac

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 16' X 16'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The laurel sumac is emblematic of the coastal sage scrub and chaparral from San Luis Obsipo County into Baja. It presents a lush appearance year round in a rounded to upright structure. The leaves mature from red to dark green. Laurel sumac’s late-spring flower clusters are quite fragrant, attracting an array of pollinators. It prefers well-draining soil, or Medium draining soil on a slope. Laurel sumac is extremely drought tolerant. Because this shrub is frost tender it is a good candidate for the lower foothills and coastal areas of the Bay Area (Sunset zones: sloped portions of 15 , all of 16, and 17).


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen