Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing to 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide as a shrub; 20 to 35 ft. tall as a tree.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Edible
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:LAW-rus no-BIL-is
Plant type:Tree, Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:5 - 9, 12 - 24
Growth habit:Compact, Pyramidal
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing to 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide as a shrub; 20 to 35 ft. tall as a tree.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:Yellow
Flower attributesFragrant
Garden styleMediterranean
Design 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.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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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