SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Santa Cruz, CA
Leaves can be used for seasoning. Resistant to psyllid.
Has fragrant Fruit and Leaf.
Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.
Conical or Rounded Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 15 - 40 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Green, White or Yellow. Flowers in Spring.
Black or Purple Berry, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 5 - 9 and 12 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone and Medium in Moderate Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Psyllid. Susceptible to Scales.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Laurus 'saratoga' Tree Record." 1995-2020. Oct 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/laurus-saratoga >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI