Pretty Ornamental Edible Bay Laurel Tree
- Beautiful Privacy Screen
- Culinary Use for Aromatic Leaves
- Wonderful Patio Plant
- Disease and Pest Resistant
- Drought Tolerant
With its knockout dark green leaves, the evergreen Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) makes an ideal patio container plant. For gardeners in Zones 8 - 11, you can plant in the ground to use as an aromatic screening plant.
For millennium, people have enjoyed the fragrance and lovely look of this classic plant with its aromatic leaves. After all, aromatic Laurel leaves were woven into circlets and worn by early Olympian champions to celebrate their victory.
This is a fabulous screening plant. A dense canopy of fragrant Bay leaves provides privacy and can block out unwanted views in a beautiful way.
Allow it to reach it's full height and spread. Or, you can easily hold it as a smaller accent by pruning for size. No matter how you use it, this evergreen plant gives you much needed privacy year round.
The gorgeous evergreen Bay Laurel makes a striking backdrop when grown in the ground. Or, use it in large Tuscan-style containers as a specimen or focal point.
For large patios, consider planting multiples of the same container to create a curved grouping behind your outdoor furniture. Or place one on either side of a doorway to announce to the world that a gourmet foodie lives here!
You'll love being able to pick and dry your own fresh Bay leaves for favorite recipes to add a wonderfully complex flavor while cooking. Then, simply use a slotted spoon to remove them before serving. Heavenly!
Include the leaves in homemade soap, potpourri or holiday garland. Create wreathes for your kitchen. What a thoughtful gift for other chefs in your circle of family and friends!
Pest and disease resistant Bay Laurel is wonderful in an organic garden. Once established, the Bay Laurel is extremely drought tolerant and requires little in the way of extra care besides pruning.
Live in a frost Zone? Move your ornamental Bay Laurel containers inside for the winter. Order today, these wonderful plants are in high demand.
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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The Ancient Culinary Variety That Can Do It All!
One of the best evergreen plants, the Bay Laurel, also known as the Sweet Bay or Grecian Bay, traces its history back to ancient Greece where it is one of an ancient variety of plants that once covered vast areas of the Mediterranean basin. Known as the Laurel Forests, the fossil records show Laurus were widely distributed in the region before the Pleistocene glaciation, 2 million to 11 thousand years ago.
In the ancient Roman culture, a wreath of Bay Laurel worn around the head was a symbol of the highest status, this powerful herb was said to possess the power of victory; today the Bay Laurel is still worn by graduating Italian school students. One of the most important plants in the history of mankind, this plant provided food, medicine, ornamental and spiritual nourishment for tens of thousands of years throughout all of the Mediterranean and China as well.
The versatility of the Bay Laurel is what makes it one of the most commonly planted herbs. The plant makes the perfect screen tree or an ideal patio container plant. It can grow in the full sun or in part shade. For outside the recommended USDA growing zones, Bay Laurel grow outdoors in the summer needs brought into a protected location during the winter months.
A slow to moderate growing tree, the dense canopy makes a great hedge to block out unwanted views. It can be easily held with pruning to almost any height or allowed to grow into a beautiful accent tree up to 25 feet tall. Bay Laurel is resistant to most pest and disease problems. This makes Bay Laurel a must for the organic garden. The occasional scale or mite problem can easily be sprayed off with high pressure water.
While most of the great forests are gone, lost to climate change, a few isolated remnants remain in locations around the mountains of Turkey, Syria and Spain as well as other small pockets. In the garden however, once established, the Bay Laurel is extremely drought tolerant and requires little in the way of extra care, besides pruning and extreme frost protection. When grown in containers, an application of citrus food four times a year, will keep the Bay Laurel healthy for years to come.
Laurus nobilis is considered a low water user and is recognized by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list. Meaning that once established it requires occasional water in the summer. Though in container growing it will require more regular watering. This plant is recommended for all drought tolerant and xeriscape landscape.
Bay Laurel is found on the Los Angeles Fire Department's list of fire-resistant plants and recommended be planted at least 20 feet from all structures and not to be planted under taller trees. Check with your local fire department to see if and how Laurus nobilis is recommended for your fire-safe Landscape.
|Botanical Name||Laurus nobilis|
|Mature Height||12 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained Soils|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|