This hardy, evergreen shrub is renowned for its unique, refreshing fragrance. Its glossy, dark-green leaves will add color to your porch, patio or balcony year-round. During the summer months it produces small black fruit that is a favorite with native birds. This shrub will add a touch of class to any aspect of your home landscape in zones 5 through 9 outdoors and 4 through 11 on a patio.
The Bay Laurel is exceptionally hardy, and requires little maintenance. They can withstand high temperatures and thrive in in both full and partial sunlight. There Mediterranean heritage gives them drought tolerance and the ability to quickly adapt to most soil types. It grows 1-2 feet each year, reaching a mature height of 10-15 feet.
The shrub is also pest-resistant so there's no need to worry about spraying pesticides. In fact, the plant's natural oils will also deter pests from other nearby plants. It also has a high resistance to disease and will settle in your landscape for years to come.
Fresh or dried Bay Laurel leaves can be used as a cooking spice, which is often added to traditional Mediterranean dishes such as soups, stews and fish dishes. Their mild flavor enhances the taste of vegetables, meat, and poultry. The dried leaves retain their flavor for several months.