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Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis

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Laurus nobilis 'Saratoga'

Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel
Evergreen, Herbs, Shrubs, Trees


This Mediterranean native grows slowly to 12 to 40 ft. tall and wide. Natural habit is compact and multistemmed, with a broad base; plant often resembles a gradually tapering cone. Leathery, aromatic leaves are the traditional bay leaves of cookery—oval, 2 to 4 in. long, and dark green. Clusters of small yellow spring flowers are followed by black or dark purple, 1/2- to 1-in. fruit.


This variety has broader leaves than the species and a more treelike habit.

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