• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide, in natural form.
    Key Feature:
    Flavorful Culinary Seasoning
    Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:LAW-rus no-BIL-is EM-er-ald Wave
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:5 - 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide, in natural form.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsPomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.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 shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This superb new selection of Laurus nobilis was discovered by Emilee Hatfield Douglas, a Monrovia Craftsman.
    L. 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.


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