How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

California bay, California bay laurel, Oregon myrtle, pepperwood—Umbellularia californica
Family Lauraceae (Laurel family)

Plant identification

The California bay is a native of coastal areas and lower elevation of the Sierra Nevada. It is adaptable to many gardens. An evergreen tree, it grows up to 75 feet tall.

Optimum conditions for growth

California bay grows best in full sun to part shade and can adapt to several climatic zones. Water is not required once established. Trees look better and grow faster with adequate water applied deeply but infrequently.

Leaves of California bay laurel
Leaves of California bay laurel

Pests and disorders of Umbellularia californica



Environmental disorders



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