Plant Care California Bay Laurel

California Bay Laurel

Also known as

California bay laurel, Umbellularia, Pōl’-cum ōl, Oregon myrtle, California bay, California laurel, Pepperwood, Spicebush, Cinnamon bush, Peppernut tree, Headache tree, Mountain laurel and Balm of heaven


Umbellularia californica

How to care for California Bay Laurel


How often to water your California Bay Laurel

Water needs for California Bay Laurel
0.5 cups
every 9

California Bay Laurel needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of California Bay Laurel

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for California Bay Laurel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Bay Laurel: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

California Bay Laurel may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize California Bay Laurel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Bay Laurel: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Bay Laurel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for California Bay Laurel

California Bay Laurel

California Bay Laurel

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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