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Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet bay Laurus nobilis

  • Hardy Zones
    • 8 - 10
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Early Spring
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 48 - 120 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet bay Laurus nobilis
Part Sun to Sun 48 - 120

Features

Grow your own bay leaves!

Sicilian Sunshine® sweet bay is the same plant where we get the bay leaves in our spice racks, but it offers cheerful gold foliage and red stems. It grows 4-10' tall and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

This USDA 8 plant is really best in Mediterranean climates, so it's not an option for those of us in colder climates. We can enjoy it as a potted plant, keeping in a very bright but cool spot indoors over winter.

Fragrant Foliage
Foliage Interest
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Evergreen
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
48 - 120 Inches
Spacing: 
72 - 120 Inches
Spread: 
72 - 120 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Yellow
Foliage Shade: 
chartreuse to gold
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Needs Good Drainage
Uses: 
Edible Herb
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

This bright evergreen is a nice accent plant.

Maintenance Notes: 

Best in well-drained soils. Prune in late winter or early spring. Bay leaves may be harvested as needed, and can be used fresh or dried.

Fun Facts: 

Our Sicilian Sunshine sweet bay is an ornamental selection, but you can certainly use the colorful foliage in cooking, too.  Here's a great opportunity for anyone looking for something fun and new to showoff at Thanksgiving - a cute little sweet bay plant instead? Odds are you'll be using bay leaves in your feast.

Sicilian Sunshine® Laurus nobilis 'LNSS'
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