Slender conical form slowly grows into a small shapely tree. Dark green, highly aromatic foliage is valued as a flavorful culinary seasoning. Can be sheared into a formal hedge or topiary form. Thrives in containers. Drought tolerant in the landscape, once established. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing, 12-15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:LAW-rus no-BIL-isDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:5 - 9, 12 - 24Growth habit:Compact, PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing, 12-15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.Special features:Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Edible, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:YellowFlower attributesFragrantGarden styleMediterraneanDesign IdeasThis is a fantastic evergreen tree and is the source of culinary bay and the famous laurels of Greek antiquity. Perfect planted in its natural form as a screen or single specimen for all Mediterranean-inspired landscapes. Best as a neatly clipped standard patio tree or topiary form, often planted in matched pairs for symmetrical compositions. Three or more are charming and formal when lined up orchard-style in beds and borders. Fits very well into small gardens and city courtyards. As a patio tree, it is most attractive when planted in classical Greco-Roman terra-cotta pots.Companion PlantsPair with a variety of Mediterranean plants. Sweet Bay's beautiful green leaves and compact, versatile habit allows it to blend with all colors and forms. Pair with other fragrant, culinary herbs such as Rosemary, Lavender and Oregano. Adding other edibles like Pomegranate, Citrus, and Olive will give you a true kitchen garden.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced after establishment. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Maintain size and shape with periodic pruning.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:L. nobilis is native to the Southern Mediterranean region where it can reach 60 ft. in height in its native range.Lore:The ancient Greeks and Romans fashioned bay laurel leaves into wreaths to be worn as crowns by the winners in sporting events. Laurel has always symbolized victory and merit and is proudly displayed on the National Emblem of Greece. The oil pressed from the berries is used in perfumes, candles, soap as well as in topical creams for sore muscles and arthritis.
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