Laurus nobilis Lauraceae
True Laurel, Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel LA-rus NO-bil-is
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, grows slowly to 12-40(60) ft (4-12(18) m) tall,
multi-stemmed, broad-based with a gradually tapering cone. Leaves simple,
alternate, leathery, aromatic (the bay leaf used in cooking), narrowly elliptic to ovate, 5-10 cm long and 2.0-4.5 cm wide, margin often undulate, glossy dark green above, glabrous below. Dioecious - male and female plants. Flowers small, yellow-green, in clusters. Fruit about 1.2 cm, ovoid, shiny black.
- Full sun or partial shade. Soil adaptable, but requires good drainage. Can be grown as a hedge, makes an excellent formal container plant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to the Mediterranean region.
- Laurus: Latin name for this species. nobilis: notable.