California bay laurel

California bay laurel
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Umbellularia californica
Umbellularia californica
California bay laurel

Adaptable and easy to grow, California bay laurel is native to the West Coast. It grows best in full sun to part shade, and when planted in full sun and watered regularly, it can grow as much as 4 feet each year. In partial shade with less-frequent watering, it is a slow-growing yet lovely plant. Its clean, green foliage is aromatic and often used in cooking. California bay laurel is a great choice for many areas of the landscape: Plant it in a container to enjoy it as a lush patio plant, add it to a mixed border for a pleasing touch of evergreen foliage, or use it as a shade tree. 

genus name
  • Umbellularia californica
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
  • Tree
  • 20 feet or more
  • To 25 feet wide
foliage color
problem solvers
special features
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

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