Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Common Name: Sweet Bay, Bay Leaf, Grecian Laurel  
Plant photo of: Laurus nobilis
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Water Saving Tip:

Different areas of your landscape have different water requirements.

Shrubs need much less water than lawns and drip systems should never be scheduled on the same program with lawns.

Establish separate watering schedules for those areas.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Purple


Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Specimen, Standard


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Norman's Nursery/Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

This aromatic tree or large shrub is composed of a cluster of many straight, branched stems Sweet Bay is densely pyramidal in shape with dark, glossy green leaves which are used in cooking.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.