True Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Strongly alkaline (8.5 – 9.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10-40 feet
Plant Spread: 10-30 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: 8 weeks at 39 degrees F
Needs specific temperature: 70 degrees F
Days to germinate: 10 days to 6 months
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Very difficult
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


Looking for Magic:  Bay LeafLooking for Magic: Bay Leaf
October 23, 2012

As often as we use herbs and spices, we really should be aware of their nutritional value. Finding their magic is important too. Let's take a close look at bay leaves and see the surprises they bring to our kitchen.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Sep 21, 2011 4:47 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant

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