Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis

SKU
5729
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Slender conical form grows into small pyramidal tree. Valued for strongly fragrant foliage, used as flavorful seasoning. Can be sheared into formal hedge or topiary form. Good in containers. Evergreen. Slow growing 12 to 15 ft. tall as shrub, 20 to 35 ft. tall and 15 to 20 ft. wide as tree. Can reach 60 ft. in height in its native range. Full to partial sun. Cutting grown.
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Botanical PronunciationLAW-rus no-BIL-is
LoreThe 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 MaturityReaches 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Specimen, Topiary, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureFlavorful 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.

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