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Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel
Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis L.
Synonym:
Family: Lauraceae
Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel (Laurus  nobilis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 5-9, 11-24
USDA: 8b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Origin: Mediterranean basin Mediterranean basin

Growth Habits: Slow growing shrub to 30 feet tall (9 m)

Watering Needs: Little water once established, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds (sow them as soon as they are ripe), semi-hardwood cuttings at the end of summer


The Grecian laurel is an evergreen shrub, its leaves with a slightly undulated edge are dried as bay leaves. It makes a good container plant for colder areas.
Its leaves are used as bay leaves as a fundamental spice in many recipes.

Blooming Habits:
The sweet bay blooms at the beginning of the spring. The flowers are white, arranged in umbels. The fruit of olive color is ripe at the beginning of the fall.

Fruiting Habits:


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