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Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis

Item 5729

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USDA Zone:
8-11
Your zone may be too cold for this plant:
6
  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
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.

Container :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Container :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Container :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Medium :: Credit: Doreen Wynja Patio Tree :: Credit: Doreen Wynja
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Average Landscape Size
Reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree.
Flowering Season
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Habit: Pyramidal ,   Compact
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Time: Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.
Flower Color: Yellow
Garden Style: Rustic ,   Mediterranean
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.

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

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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by carl, May 27, 2016

wow this plant really turned heads at the nursery here in Michigan, when I first saw it I was shocked, I never have had such a high quality plant ever shipped to me . Monrovia im impressed , cant thank you enough

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