|Fire rated trees
Courtesy of the
LA county Fire, Lake Hughs Nursery
Large shrub or tree up to 100 feet tall and wide, rarely grows to these dimensions in Los Angeles County.
Long narrow leaves 2 to 5 inches long are quite pungent when crushed.
Minute yellow-green flowers bloom December to May. Fruit is a purple drupe about 1 inch long.
Locally common plant in mountain canyons, often a part of chaparral and oak woodland communities.
Flammability - Moderate.
Recommend removal of dead material and pruning to lift the canopy off the ground.