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Corynocarpus laevigatus
Karaka hedge
Cotinus coggygria

New Zealand Laurel is adapted to sand, wind and salt and will grow very well here. Although slow growing; it can eventually get up to 40 feet tall without shaping. Also known as Karaka tree, It takes shaping as a screen or hedge as well. The oval leaves are evergreen and it has a small greenish white flowers that can be followed by an orange fruit. In California's climate the fruiting is not assured, but it should be noted that the seed kernel of the fruit is poisonous should it occur. Consider that if you have pets or curious children.

New Zealand Laurel can take light shade and has dense growth. Watering can be infrequent after establishing (generally 2 years). It will survive temperatures in the low 20's. It is considered invasive in Hawaii, but not as likely to seed in our area.

Maximum height
25-40 feet

Max width
8-12 feet

Life Span
90+ years


Criteria for Ranking

Ranking
1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 4*
Wind Tolerance 5
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

3**
Cost/Maintenance 5
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5
   
*note asterisk denote species needs to be established with regular watering for the first few years.
**note asterisk denote species is able to reach power lines unless kept as a hedge.
Location None known currently.