Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis

Pronunciation: LAW-rus no-BIL-is
SKU #05729
8-11

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous
Mature Size Slowly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Edible, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Problems/Solutions Coastal Exposure, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Pyramidal
STYLE
Landscape Use Container, Hedge, Windbreak, Suitable for Topiary
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
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.

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