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Plant Details

Laurus nobilis

Sweet Bay or Bay Tree
Zone: 11, 10a, 10b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Plant Category: Shade & Flowering Trees
Height: Minimum 6 feet , Maximum 40 feet
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Intensely fragrant leaves used in traditional Mediterranean cooking (bay leaves!). Handsome evergreen shrub to small tree -- 6 to 10 ft is typical in the garden depending how many leaves you use. Leaves are shiny, leathery and dark green; spring flowers are yellow and small in small clusters followed by small black berries. Full sun to part shade. Drought tolerant but enjoys summer water. Does well in containers. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:27 PM

This is the famous laurel of ancient history, cultivated for centuries by the Greeks and Romans. It is grown for its aromatic foliage and its usefulness as a dense shrub or tree. An excellent choice if you need a dense hedge, and it's the plant that produces the aromatic bay leaf used in cooking.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:27 PM

True Bay Tree is a dense small, evergreen tree (10-12'), the leaves of which one buys dry in bottles in the grocery store. It is a wonderful garden specimen, but unfortunately not very hardy. I have never had one die here in Oregon (zone 7), but it is probably a zone 8 tree.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:27 PM

The true "Laurel"of the ancients ("whose leaves were used to make crowns for triumphant heroes"-Bean), now grown for its aromatic foliage (the bay leaf) ; for its usefulness as a dense pyramidal shrub/tree/hedge. SUN/Med

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:27 PM

Culinary delight with pleasing fresh aroma. Plant in a sheltered warm spot or grow as a patio pal.

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Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Van's Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-463-4507 Container: 1