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Rhus Laurina is from genus Malosma and belongs to Anacardiaceae family

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Rhus Laurina is from genus Malosma belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.

Overview of Rhus Laurina

• The common names are Laurel sumac and Lentisco.
• It is found along the Southern California and Baja California Peninsula coasts of the Pacific Ocean.
• It is a large and rounded evergreen shrub or small tree.
• It can grow up to a height of 3 to 5 meters (10–15 feet).
• The leaves have a taco shell shape.
• The shape is of laurel leaves when flattened.
• It has lance-shaped leaf blades that grow up to 10 cm (4″) long.
• The leaves are fragrant.
• The leaves and stems are full of volatile compounds.
• That is why they give it the scent.
• The leaves appear moist and supple all year long.
• They are highly flammable.
• Laural sumac grows new leaves and stems all year long.
• The fragrant saps flow through laurel sumac all year.
• Laurel sumac is sensitive to cold and does not tolerate freezing conditions.
• The Chumash flour is made out from the dried fruits of this plant.
• The root bark was used to make a tea for treating dysentery.

Scientific classification of Rhus Laurina

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Sapindales
• Family: Anacardiaceae
• Genus: Malosma

Growing and Caring conditions for Rhus Laurina

• Look for plants at nurseries.
• Get them in spring and summer.
• They can be brought all year-round in warmer climates.
• Choose healthy-looking plants.
• A healthy plant has signs of new leaves and flower buds.
• Buy Rhus plant in 1-gallon containers.
• Choose a site.
• The site should receive full sun.
• The site should have a well-drained soil.
• The plant can tolerate partial shade.
• Dig a hole for each plant.
• This hole should be no deeper than the soil in which the plant was growing.
• Dig planting holes.
• These holes should be spaced three feet apart.
• Add a light application of organic fertilizer.
• Apply it to each planting hole.
• This should be done before setting the plants in.
• Mulch around the plant and not on top of the plants.
• Mulch it with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water until the soil is completely moist.
• Water weekly the first summer only.
• Rhus plant does not need extra water once it is established.
• Prune out selected stems.
• Do so for the size.
• Prune if they are damaged.
• Prune it using by-pass pruners or a pruning saw.
• Do cut the stem off all the way back to the joint of the stem or where it joins another stem.
• Rhus plants make a good high ground cover for slopes.
• They look well along the top or bottom of a wall.
• They go well in a hot, sunny location.
• Rhus plants usually spread 6 to 8 feet all around.

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