Laurus nobilisItem #5729 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
A slender conical form that slowly grows into a small, shapely tree. Dark green, highly aromatic foliage is valued as a flavorful culinary seasoning. Can be clipped 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, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 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:Reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.Special features:Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.Flower color:YellowDesign 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 InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.