Laurus nobilis

Sweet Bay
Sweet Bay
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Plant Type

Shrub, Tree



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

12-20′ x 12-20′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Screen, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

5-9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree with a pyramidal growth-habit typically growing to 12-20′ tall and wide or greater with age. This handsome and versatile species features aromatic leathery deep-green leaves that are commonly used as a culinary seasoning. Small yellow flowers appear in spring followed by small dark-purple fruit. Both are considered inconspicuous. Well-suited as a street or courtyard specimen and takes well to shearing making it a popular choice for creating a dense formal clipped hedge or topiary. Also makes a good large-container specimen. Tolerates heat wind and a variety of different soil types. Low to moderate water needs once established. Partial to full sun. derate watering. Prefers a well-drained soil and a full to partial sun exposure.

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