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Laurel Laurus nobilis

Other plants called Laurel:

Phonetic Spelling
law-russ NO-bil-iss
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Sweet Bay is an evergreen tree or shrub in the laurel family native to the Mediterranian area. In its native habitat, it can reach up to 60 feet tall. In NC it is generally grown in a pot and is much smaller. The aromatic leaves are used in cooking such as soups and pasta. It has separate male and female plants with only the female ones producing the berry-like drupes.

It tolerates a variety of well-drained soil types in full sun to partial shade. It grows slowly but has been used as a hedge or as a topiary. It needs to be brought indoors in the winter in areas colder than zone 8b to prevent frost damage.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant is susceptible to laurel wilt.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#herb garden#edible leaves#problem for cats#herb#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#herb garden#edible leaves#problem for cats#herb#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lauris
    Species:
    noblis
    Family:
    Lauraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    It is used in herbal medicine and in massage therapy.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean
    Edibility:
    Leaves are used to flavor foods
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Shrub
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting and diarrhea, Large ingestion of whole leaves can cause obstruction
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Eugenol, and other essential oils
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No