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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"
  • Details

    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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