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Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis
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Trees & Shrubs Size Chart

Wide, leathery, aromatic leaves cover evergreen tree. Compact, pyramidal growth habit. Tiny, yellow flowers make an appearance in spring, followed by small black berries. Leaves are popular in cuisine for their distinctive flavor and aroma. 

Plant with Lavender


  • Landscape Size: 12'-40' tall, 12'-40' wide
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun or Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade
  • Water Needs: Low
  • USDA Zone: 8a
  • Growth Habit: Compact, Pyramidal
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Attributes: Evergreen, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Fruiting, Waterwise

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions. 

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Visit: UC Cooperative Extension Offices

Visit: National County Extension Offices

Green Thumb Guide

Plant in enriched, well draining soil. Feed with a tree and shrub fertilizer in spring before new growth begins. Prune in winter to maintain desired shape. 



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