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Laurus nobilis/Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis / Laurus nobilis
Foliage and flower buds
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Foliage and flower buds

Close-up of new spring foliage

Typical upright form of a specimen plant

A clipped specimen plant

Foliage of a typical unclipped shrub

Evergreen tree form

Mature foliage and flowers in spring

Close-up of leaves with flower buds in their axils

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Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis
Common Name: Sweet Bay
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: The foliage was used in ancient times to make crowns for conquering Greek and Roman heroes. Foliage yields an oil used for medicines and perfumes. In landscapes it is used as specimen tree, container plant, topiary and in a herb gradens. Its foliage is very susceptible in infestation by scale insects.