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Umbellularia californica
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Description

Information Only - Native to parts of South-western North America, Umbellularia californica is an evergreen shrub with long narrow, bright green, aromatic leaves. Numerous clusters of pretty yellowish-green flowers appear on the branches in late spring, followed by dark purple fruit later in the year on mature plants.

Looking for an evergreen plant with similar leaves? Try Laurus nobilis 'Angustifolia'

This plant is currently listed on our website for Information Only - Sadly it is not currently available for sale. 


  • Position: Warm in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Moist or well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Umbellularia californica requires shelter from cold winter winds.
  • Flowering Period: April - May
  • Flower Colour: Yellowish-green
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Eventually a small tree with a dense, branching crown in the U.K.
    • Height: up to 10 m (32 ft).
    • Spread: 8 m (26 ft).
  • Notes: Umbellularia californica is also known as the 'headache tree', which is a reference to the effects of prolonged exposure to the aromatic vapours released when twigs or leaves are crushed.

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