Grecian Laurel, Sweet Bay
|Popular since classical times when heroes were awarded laurel wreaths, these compact evergreen shrubs or trees have dense, aromatic foliage. Can be espaliered on a wall or trellis, or left to grow into a bushy shape. They grow well in containers and, once established, they tolerate smog, heat, dust and drought. Where summers are hot, plant in some shade. Prune to control shape and size. Prune suckers annually.
Use its fresh or dried bay leaves in cooking. Prune into topiary or formal hedges, or use as a background shrub. Dark berries follow small clusters of greenish-yellow flowers.
Attributes - Laurus nobilis
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Bloom Season: Mid Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 15 ft. to 40 ft.
Width: 25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Scales.