Myoporum laetum
my-oh-POR-um LAY-tum

Myoporum
Myoporaceae (Myoporum family)
Origin: New Zealand

 

 

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Evergreen. Fast growing with rounded densely foliaged crown, often multistemmed, reaching 18 - 30' high and as wide.

Trunk - Fissured bark is light tan to gray.

Foliage: Leaves simple and alternate, shiny dark green above, slightly paler beneath. They are lanceolate to elliptic-oblong, 2 - 4" long, 1/2 - 1 1/2" wide, tapering at both ends, with firely toothed margins toward tips. Small translucent dots from oil glands in leaves.

Flowers/fruit - White in clusters of 2 - 6, the irxiividual flower 1/2" across, with pulple spots. Fruit is a small ovoid drupe 3/8" long, black to reddish purple. Flowers and fruit are attractive, but not spectacular.

Cultivars - 'Carsonii' is a cutting-grown specimen which has darker, larger, broader leaves with fewer translucent dots, and retains foliage down to plant base. Very fast growing.

Significant pest problems are nematodes and thrips.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 8, 9, 14 - 17 and 19 - 24.

Clearances -Suitable for 5 - 6' parkways or 5 x 5' cutouts, andl under utility lines.

Good for streetsides, medians, patks and lawns.

Culture considerations:

Requires high maintenance, early training, and frequent pruning. Takes exposure to wind, sun, sand and salinity, but not drought. Needs average to moist soil, preferably well-drained. Constant leaf, flower and seed drop.