Laurus nobilis

Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis

Phonetic: Lor-russ no-bil-liss

Common Name(s): Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel

Family: Lauraceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Plant Type: Shrub
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple, short, linear, tiny
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Leathery dark green
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: Inconspicuous, spring
Flower Color(s): Small yellow (inconspicuous)

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
USDA: 8-10
Climate Zone(s): 7,8,9,13-24
Growth Rate: Medium to fast (in loam soils with regular water)                   
Height: 15-25 Feet (up to 40 Feet as a specimen)
Spread: 15-20 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium/low
Pest/Diseases: No serious problems, scale, mealybugs, spider mites
Soil: Very tolerant of any soil conditions

Features: Upright growing habit, leaves contain oils which have great culinary and aromatic value
Uses: Hedge, topiary plant, containers, courtyards, culinary gardens, lawn tree, street tree, leaves can be used fresh or dried for culinary use, specimen, herb gardens, woodland gardens, screen, houseplant

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