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Emerald Wave® Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis 'Monem'

A robust sweet bay with wavy-edged, emerald green leaves. Slender, upright form grows slowly and gracefully into a small pyramidal tree, ideal for topiary. Aromatic evergreen foliage can be used as a savory culinary seasoning. Great as a container or hedge plant.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationLAW-rus no-BIL-is EM-er-ald Wave
LoreL. nobilis is native to the Southern Mediterranean region. 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide, in natural form.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.
Design IdeasA variation of the traditional laurel, the source of culinary bay and the famous laurels of Greek antiquity. Emerald Wave® adds vibrant green and interesting texture to the garden. Perfect planted in its natural form as a screen or single specimen for all Mediterranean-inspired landscapes. 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Pyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Specimen, Topiary, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsPomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)

Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply fertilizer as new growth begins in spring. Slow growing; prune only as needed to maintain desired size and shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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