A picture of a Laurel

Laurel

Laurus spp.

Also known as

Bay laurel

Laurus azorica (Flowers) by Ixitixel (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

10m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Laurel

A photo of Laurel
Laurus azorica (Flowers) 2
Laurus nobilis flowering branch 2
Laurus novocanariensis 002
Laurus nobilis g4

Laurel Overview

The genus Laurus comprises 2 species of dioecious, evergreen shrubs and trees in the Lauraceae family, native to the Mediterranean basin and some Atlantic islands. Small male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. L. nobilis, or sweet bay, is cultivated as an ornamental tree and as a culinary herb for its aromatic leaves.

Common problems with Laurel

How to propagate Laurel

Seed

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Laurel

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Other uses of Laurel

Grown for their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.