Taxon  Report   8183    
Umbellularia californica  (Hook. & Arn.) Nutt.
Bay laurel,  California bay, California laurel, bay tree, Oregon myrtle
Umbellularia californica
© 2018 David popp
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Umbellularia californica
© 2008 Keir Morse
Umbellularia californica
© 2015 Friends of Five Creeks volunteers
Umbellularia californica, a dicot, is a tree that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Plant Characteristics
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Umbellularia californica
© 2003 Michael Charters
Genus: Umbellularia
Communities: Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Redwood Forest, wetland-riparian


Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: canyons

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Umbellularia californica var. fresnensis
ICPN: Umbellularia californica var. californica
More information about  Umbellularia californica
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).