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Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet bay Laurus nobilis

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Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
120" 120"
Height
48 - 120"
Spread
72 - 120"

This plant is hardy in zones 8 - 10

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
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    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

    Plant Type: 
    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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