of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
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.
Sunset zones - 8, 9, 14 - 17 and 19 - 24.
-Suitable for 5 - 6' parkways or 5 x 5' cutouts, andl under utility lines.
for streetsides, medians, patks and lawns.
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