• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Culinary Seasoning
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:LAW-rus no-BIL-is
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:5 - 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing, 12-15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.
    Foliage color:Green
    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
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    L. nobilis is native to the Southern Mediterranean region where it can reach 60 ft. in height in its native range.
    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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