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Myrtle Burl
Umbellularia californica
Western - United States of America


Myrtle Burl PAD - Bowl Blanks $ 4.52 per lbs

Bowl Blanks sizes = 2" to 12" Thick
From 8 lbs Bowl blanks to 50 lbs Bowl blanks ( average ).

Please call for descriptions - Some have bark inclusions,
some have live edge, some are more burl, some more curl,
some both, some are spalted etc...

We want to get you that perfect Chunk, you have been looking for :)

Myrtle Burl Slabs PAD = 1 " thick and up.

Many sizes available and in stock, Please inquire.




Assumed, Wood Working Properties & Specifications

Umbellularia californica Lauraceae


California Laurel

Umbellularia californica is the only species in this genus. Its name is derived from the Latin umbellula, a small umbel, describing the flower cluster (inflorescence).

Other Common Names: Acacia, Acacia Burl, Balm-of-heaven, Bay, Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Black Laurel, Black Myrtle, Cajeput, Cajeput-tree, California Bay, California Bay Tree, California Laurel, California Olive, California Sassafras, Californian Olive, Laurel, Mountain Hemlock, Mountain Laurel, Myrtle, Myrtle Tree, Myrtly, Oregon Mirt, Oregon Myrtle, Oreodaphne, Pacific Myrtle, Peppermintwood, Pepperwood, Spice Tree, White Laurel, White Myrtle, Yellow Laurel, Yellow Myrtle

Distribution: Pacific coast region of southwest Oregon, south mostly in Coast Ranges to southern California and in the Sierra Nevada to central California.

The Tree: This tree grows to 80 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter. California Laurel grows at elevations from sea level to over 6,000 feet. It is tolerant of various soil types and conditions, and grows in many habitats from flatlands to mountain slopes, the best conditions being alluvial deposits from streams and rivers. It grows in association with coastal redwood, sequoia, Port Orford cedar and Douglas fir. They are slow growing and have multiple trunks in poorer soils. The leaves are used by spice companies as "bay" leaves. The leaves are evergreen and glossy, while the flowers are small and yellowish green in color. It produces spherical purplish fruits. This species is planted as an ornamental shrub in warmer climates of the south & west. The small twigs are pale green, turning reddish brown over time. The bark is a dark red brown and sometimes an inch thick.

The Wood:
General: The sapwood of California Laurel is thick and whitish to light brown, while the heartwood is light brown to grayish brown to an olive color, with dark streaks. The wood has a strong, spicy odor. It darkens when soaked in water.

Drying & Shrinkage: Difficult to season while bringing out the best colors. Should be submerged when green, with very slow, controlled drying.

Working Properties: California Laurel is easily worked and takes a high polish.

Durability: The heartwood is very durable.

Preservation: No information available at this time.

Uses: Veneer (burls for cabinetry), novelties, candle sticks, bowls, plates, woodenware, turnery, furniture squares, cabinetwork, interior trim, used under the keel to launch ships.

Toxicity: Can be an irritant






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