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Care of the plant Laurus nobilis or Laurel.

Care of the shrub Laurus nobilis or Laurel

The genus Laurus, family Lauraceae, includes 3 species of trees and shrubs native to the Azores, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean region. The species are: Laurus nobilis, Laurus novocanariensis, Laurus azorica.

Common names: Laurel, Bay tree, Bay laurel, Sweet bay, True laurel, Grecian laurel. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are shrubs or evergreen trees that can reach 15 meters (49.2 feet) in height. The leathery, dark green leaves are oval in shape and resinous and aromatic oils. They produce tiny little decorative yellow flowers. They bloom in early spring. The bluish-black fruits ripen in autumn.

They are used to form hedges, as isolated specimens, to form bushy groups and in large pots for patios, terraces and as indoor plants.

Laurus nobilis can grow in full sun, semi-shade and shade (in Mediterranean climate) exposures. They resist light and occasional frosts.

They do well in normal drained garden soil with some coarse sand.

Water twice a week in summer, once a week in spring and fall, and reduce watering in winter. They do not resist drought.

They tolerate pruning well to maintain a compact bearing or if it's used as a hedge.

Fertilize with compost in autumn and with mineral fertilizer every 6 months.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases but can be attacked by mites and mealybugs if they suffer prolonged drought.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring that germinate quickly and by cuttings in late summer.

Images of the shrub Laurus nobilis or Laurel

Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis