laurel sumac Anacardiaceae Malosma laurina
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, elliptical to ovate, leathery, 3 to 5 inches long, entire margin, folded along the midrib, shiny green above, paler beneath, fragrant.
Flower:Tight clusters of very small white flowers with 5 petals, clusters occur at ends of twigs and are 3 to 6 inches long, appearing in late spring and summer.
Fruit:Round, 1/8 inch across, smooth and white in clusters at the ends of the twigs, ripen in late summer and persist into winter.
Twig:Moderately stout, red and green, smooth with small pointy buds, later turning gray.
Bark:Smooth and grayish brown.
Form:Large thicket forming shrub reaching up to 15 feet with a spreading, sprawling crown.