• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established in the landscape, needs only occasional water.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Aromatic Foliage
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:llaw-russ
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis is a fantastic evergreen shrub or small 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. Well suited to formal gardens, as a clipped standard patio tree or topiary form, often planted in matched pairs for symmetrical compositions. Three or more are charming when lined up orchard-style in beds and borders. Fits very well into small gardens and city courtyards. As a patio tree or container specimen, it is most attractive when planted in classical Greco-Roman terra-cotta pots.
    Companion PlantsOlive (Olea); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently, once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune only as needed to shape.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 in the landscape, needs only occasional water.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Laurus nobilis is native to the Southern Mediterranean region where it can reach 60 ft. in height in its native range. This new, more compact Laurus plant originated from an open-pollination in Dayton, Oregon, of an unnamed selection of Laurus nobilis, not patented, as the female parent, with an unknown selection of Laurus nobilis as the male parent. The new Laurus plant was discovered and selected by Rick H. Wells, as a single plant from within the progeny of the stated open-pollination in a controlled environment in Dayton, Oregon during the autumn of 2010. The characteristics that distinguished 'MonRik' as a new and distinct Laurus plant are: compact upright to somewhat outwardly spreading and uniformly mounded habit, vigorous, freely branching habit, and fragrant dark green leaves. The new Laurus differs from its female parent primarily in plant size and habit.
    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.