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Laurel Sumac Seeds - 20 Count


Laurel Sumac Seeds
Rhus laurina var. Malosma laurina

Description : Large, rounded evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves taco shell shaped, having the shape of laurel leaves when flattened. Tips of stems, veins of the leaves, and edges of leaves a glowing reddish color year round. Fragrant leaves and stems give chaparral its characteristic fragrance. Leaves and stems full of flammable compounds that give it scent. Leaves appear moist and supple all year long and are highly flammable. Adapted to frequent fires; after a burn a large burl underground resprouts new stems and leaves. One of the first plants to resprout after fire. California dodder (Cuscuta californica) a parasitic plant which dies in the summer on other plants, can be seen covering laurel sumac in large stringy "cobwebs" of yellow/orange color. Flowers, very small, have five white petals and five-lobed green sepals. Large clusters reminiscent of lilac smell like green apples and occur at the ends of twigs in late spring and early summer. Fruit a whitish drupe with a smooth, flattish stone inside.
Height : 16 feet
Diameter : 6 feet.
Habitat : Cities, suburbs & towns, Scrub, shrub & bushlands.
Growth Habit : Multi-branching, rounded
Deciduous/Evergreen : Evergreen
Growth Rate : Fast
Sun Exposure : Full sun
Soil Preference : Adaptable
Water Requirements : Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season : Spring
Flower Color : White
Discussion : Laurel sumac is sensitive to cold and does not tolerate freezing conditions. Orange growers in the early history of southern California used to pick places to plant their oranges based on where laurel sumac was growing because this indicated it would not get too cold for oranges if laurel sumac could grow there. Laurel sumac is a large rounded evergreen shrub or small tree growing 10' to 15' tall that is glabrous and aromatic with reddish leaf veins, petioles and stems. The leaves are simple, alternate, lance-oblong, entire-margined, and somewhat leathery and folded along the midrib, and with a mucronate tip. The leaf blades are up to 4" long and the petioles are about 1-1/4" long. The bisexual or unisexual flowers are in fairly dense, intricately branched, terminal paniculate inflorescences which dry out and remain on the tree long after the flowers are gone. The flowers have green five-lobed sepals and five white petals. The fruit is a whitish, glabrous drupe 1/8" in diameter with a smooth flattish stone. Laurel sumac is commonly found on dry ridges and canyons below 3000' in chaparral and coastal sage scrub, on cismontane slopes and inland to the desert edge. Very susceptible to frost, it is often planted by citrus growers as a frost indicator. I have also been told that the dried out floral remains are utilized by train set builders as model trees. Munz's Flora records this species as Rhus laurina, but the Jepson Manual has placed it in a genus of its own. It blooms from June to July.

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  • Model: SUMAC-LAUREL-20
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 984 Units in Stock
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 15 November, 2015.

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