Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis

A large evergreen shrub or small tree with deep emerald green, highly aromatic foliage commonly used as a culinary seasoning. Tiny, inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers peek out from between leaves on the ends of branches, followed by black berries. May be clipped and maintained as a formal hedge or topiary, this species also thrives in containers and makes a handsome patio tree.


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Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis
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15 gallon, 48"h x 36"w:5 gallon, 24"h x 18"w

Deciduous / Evergreen

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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.