Laurus Saratoga

Saratoga Sweet Bay
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Plant Type

Tree

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

25-30′ x 25-30

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

Yellow

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Coastal Conditions

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit

Rounded

Sunset Garden Zones

5-9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

8-11

Laurus Saratoga is commonly called the Saratoga Bay Laurel.  It is an evergreen shrub or tree that can grow to 25 to 30 feet tall and nearly as wide. Saratoga has many attributes of the popular laurus nobilis but it is a smaller tree with a more open growth habit and larger more rounded and lighter colored leaves. Laurus Saratoga produces abundant small pale-yellow flowers from late winter through early spring.  Saratoga should be planted in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil.   Once established Laurus Saratoga needs little to occasional irrigation but more frequent watering will produce faster more luxurious growth.  Laurus Saratoga leaves have culinary value as well. Laurus ‘Saratoga’ makes a great dense hedge.  It can also be trained to grow as a single-stemmed small tree and used as a large container specimen.   The Saratoga Bay Laurel can be trained as a topiary specimen

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