Laurus nobilis

Grecian Laurel, Sweet Bay

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs / Trees

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Bush / Column / Standard Tree

Mature Height & Spread: 15-35' x 15-35'

Natural Growth Habit: Oval

Native To: Europe

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: Spring

Special Features: Desert Conditions / Drought Resistant / Edible / Fragrant / Hedge / Screen / Seacoast Conditions / Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes: #5, #15, 24" Box, 36" Box

Sunset Garden Zones: 5-9, 12-24

A Bit More

Laurus nobilis is among Boething Treeland Farms’ most popular trees. Referenced in ancient texts, this evergreen bears leathery deep green leaves that figure prominently as a seasoning in Mediterranean cuisine. Its growth habit is slow and vertical with dense foliage covering a naturally rounded head. It can be pruned to form a canopy that would be excellent in lawns or on the street. More commonly it is used in courtyards and in gardens featuring other edibles and can be used for container, specimen or shade. It is often used for topiaries because of its dense foliage. Thanks to its native habitat, Laurus nobilis is tolerant of variable soils and climates (desert to ocean) and requires little supplemental water once established. Given full sun or partial shade in Western Garden Zones 5-9, 12-24, H1 and H2, it will prove a dependable fragrant tree that will top 35’ if left alone but is alternatively very successful pruned to a much smaller size in a container. If it was good enough for Aristotle and Roman heroes, then perhaps it will be good enough for your clients!

A Bit More

Laurus nobilis is among Boething Treeland Farms’ most popular trees. Referenced in ancient texts, this evergreen bears leathery deep green leaves that figure prominently as a seasoning in Mediterranean cuisine. Its growth habit is slow and vertical with dense foliage covering a naturally rounded head. It can be pruned to form a canopy that would be excellent in lawns or on the street. More commonly it is used in courtyards and in gardens featuring other edibles and can be used for container, specimen or shade. It is often used for topiaries because of its dense foliage. Thanks to its native habitat, Laurus nobilis is tolerant of variable soils and climates (desert to ocean) and requires little supplemental water once established. Given full sun or partial shade in Western Garden Zones 5-9, 12-24, H1 and H2, it will prove a dependable fragrant tree that will top 35’ if left alone but is alternatively very successful pruned to a much smaller size in a container. If it was good enough for Aristotle and Roman heroes, then perhaps it will be good enough for your clients!