Full sun, Partial sun
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||LAW-rus no-BIL-is|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.|
|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.|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Container, Hedge, Specimen, Topiary, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Flavorful Culinary Seasoning|
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