Laurus nobilisItem #5729 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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 to 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 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.Special features:Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:YellowGarden 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 PlantsPomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average to enriched, well-drained soil. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, water deeply, less frequently; water container plants when top 2 to 3 in. of soil is dry. Apply a slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to shape.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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