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Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel
Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis L.
Family: Lauraceae
Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 5-9, 11-24
USDA: 8b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Origin: Mediterranean basin Mediterranean basin

Growth Habits: Slow growing shrub to 30 feet tall (9 m)

Watering Needs: Little water once established, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds (sow them as soon as they are ripe), semi-hardwood cuttings at the end of summer

The Grecian laurel is an evergreen shrub, its leaves with a slightly undulated edge are dried as bay leaves. It makes a good container plant for colder areas.
Its leaves are used as bay leaves as a fundamental spice in many recipes.

Blooming Habits:
The sweet bay blooms at the beginning of the spring. The flowers are white, arranged in umbels. The fruit of olive color is ripe at the beginning of the fall.

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