Bay tree Laurus nobilis

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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L. nobilis is a large, erect evergreen shrub with aromatic, narrowly ovate, leathery leaves useful in cooking. Flowers small, pale greenish-yellow, in dense clusters; fruit oval, glossy black when ripe

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About this plant

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  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    under each point 1. Aromatic Properties: Laurus nobilis has a strong, pleasant aroma that can be used to flavor food and add a pleasant fragrance to any environment. 2. Medicinal Uses: The leaves of the Laurus nobilis have been used as a medicinal remedy for many ailments, including digestive and respiratory issues. 3. Ornamental Purpose: Laurus nobilis can be used as an attractive addition to gardens, landscapes and courtyard displays due to its beautiful, glossy foliage and cascading habit. 4. Versatile Culinary Uses: Laurus nobilis can be used to add flavor to soups, sauces, marinades, and other dishes. 5. Natural Moth Repellent: The pleasant smell of Laurus nobilis is thought to be effective in repelling moths and other insects from homes and gardens. 6. Landscaping Benefits: The Laurus nobilis is a fairly fast-growing evergreen tree or shrub that can be used for landscaping and as a backdrop for other shrubs and perennials.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    . 1. Antimicrobial: Laurus nobilis contains phenolic compounds which have antimicrobial properties, helping to fight off infections caused by bacteria and fungi. 2. Immunity Booster: This plant has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral abilities, which can help to boost the immune system and protect against disease. 3. Digestive Aid: The antispasmodic and carminative action of the essential oils in Laurus nobilis help reduce cramps, bloating and the other symptoms of indigestion or poor digestion. 4. Wound Healing: Laurus nobilis has been known to have properties to aid in the healing of wounds, as well as pain relief, due to its antiseptic and analgesic effect. 5. Respiratory Health: This plant is known to clear up congestion, as it contains eucalyptol, a compound which has been historically used to treat respiratory issues such as influenza. 6. Liver Health: Laurus nobilis has been found to contain polyphenolic compounds which help protect the liver, aiding in its detoxification processes. 7. Succor & Ease Anxiety: Other reports suggest that Laurus nobilis can help invigorate the senses, calm and relax the body and mind, as well as increase overall vitality and ease anxiety.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    The Laurus nobilis plant has natural air purifying qualities, as it produces a fragrant essential oil in its leaves, which have the ability to reduce air-borne bacteria and mold. In addition, the Laurus nobilis plant produces volatile compounds that can help clean and purify indoor air. Its oil also has a deodorizing effect which can help reduce offensive odors from the air.

  • leavesOther Uses

    . 1. Potato Bug Repellent: The crushed leaves of Laurus nobilis are often placed in potato fields to help repel pests and cabbage moths. 2. Mosquito Repellent: The leaves of the Laurus nobilis plant can be made into a topical or inhaled mosquito repellent. 3. Cooking Flavoring: The Laurus nobilis plant is used in some cooking recipes as an aromatic flavoring. 4. Aromatic Candles: The leaves of the Laurus nobilis plant can be used to make scented candles. 5. Potpourri: The Laurus nobilis can be used in potpourri to give it a pleasant fragrance. 6. Natural Perfume: The crushed leaves of the Laurus nobilis can be used in compound to create natural perfume. 7. Sachets: The leaves of the Laurus nobilis plant can be placed in sachets to give it a pleasant scent. 8. Infused Oils: The leaves of the Laurus nobilis can be used to infuse oils for use in massage, skincare, etc. 9. Agriculture Enhancer: The Laurus nobilis plant can be used to help improve soil and increase crop yields. 10. Ornamental Plant: The Laurus nobilis has an attractive, glossy look and can be used as an ornamental plant.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    In Feng Shui, the Laurus nobilis plant can be used to bring balance and abundance to a space. Place the plant in the entryway, living room, or office to help attract prosperity, harmony, and luck into the home. Alternatively, place the plant near other green plants or hang a small branch near the door or window to ward off negative energy and invite positive chi into the space.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    in the question Laurus nobilis, or the bay laurel, is associated with the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of transformation, metamorphosis, and personal power. Just as the bay laurel is an aromatic evergreen that has long been associated with victory and success, Scorpio is a sign that signifies commitment and the ability to make the changes necessary to succeed; these are qualities that the bay laurel also symbolizes.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Laurus nobilis, or bay laurel, is a semievergreen shrub or small tree used as a symbol of victory and accomplishment in many ancient cultures. The leaves have an iconic, fragrant aroma, making them a favorite culinary seasoning for cooking. Bay laurel was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans and was used to crown victors in the olympics and other contests of excellence. It is a symbol of strength and respect, used to signify the attainment of high levels of achievement or success. In the Christian tradition, it is also thought to represent the triumph of good over evil, or to symbolize God's favor.

  • water dropWater

    Laurus nobilis, also known as bay laurel, should be watered lightly and frequently to keep the soil lightly moist. It is best to water in the early morning or late afternoon so the leaves have a chance to dry off before nightfall. Overwatering can cause root rot and other issues, so it is important to use a finger to test the moisture level before watering. Lightly moist soil is ideal as watering too much can cause the plant to suffer. Applying about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water is usually enough for Laurus nobilis.

  • sunLight

    Laurus nobilis thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. When planted outdoors, it should be in an area that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, preferably in the morning. When grown indoors, it should have access to bright, indirect light for at least 3 hours per day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lighting conditions for Laurus nobilis should be bright but indirect sunlight and/or partial shade. In the summer, temperatures should not exceed 75°F and in the winter temperatures should not drop below 40°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Laurus nobilis, commonly known as the 'Bay Laurel' or 'True Laurel', should be pruned by removing any dead, diseased, or damaged branches. This can be done throughout the year, but can also be safely done in the late winter or early spring. To promote form and health, Laurus nobilis should be pruned as needed to keep its shape and to prevent overcrowding. Pruning should be done selectively and by removing individual branches at their base.

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurel) should include a combination of potting soil, sandy loam and organic matter with a ratio of 1:1:1. It should also be slightly acidic, with a soil pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Additionally, Laurus nobilis should be planted in a well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

  • plantRepotting

    here Yes, Laurus nobilis should be repotted every three years or whenever the pot becomes overcrowded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The best humidity conditions for Laurus nobilis is 70-80%. To increase the humidity, mist the leaves with water or put a container of water near the plant. To decrease the humidity, increase the ventilation around the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      For Laurus nobilis to grow indoors, it requires bright indirect light, temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, and a moist but not soggy soil that is allowed to dry slightly between waterings. It should be planted in a pot with well-draining soil and placed in an area that receives at least 8 hours of light per day. It grows best when the pot is 6-20 inches tall and 6-12 inches in diameter with enough space to accommodate root growth.

    • Outdoor

      Laurus nobilis prefers a well-drained, slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6-7 and full sun. It should be located in an area with temperatures between 35 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and protected from cold winds. The optimal height for growth is 4-6 feet tall or slightly taller.

    • Hardiness zone

      Hardiness Zones. 7 - 10 USDA Hardiness Zones.

  • circleLife cycle

    Laurus nobilis, or the Noble Laurel, is a small evergreen tree that can reach up to 40 feet in height with a spread of 20 feet wide. It is native to the Mediterranean and will tolerate a wide range of temperatures, from 20-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The bark of the tree is gray-brown and flaky and the leaves are dark green and glossy. The plant blooms in the spring, with small yellow flowers that develop into black berries. The seedlings of Laurus nobilis require partial shade and moist soil to survive and thrive. During the seedling stage, it requires daily watering and regular fertilization to promote robust growth. As the tree matures, it will generally require less water and fertilization but enough to sustain its growth. Laurus nobilis reaches its full adult size within 5-7 years and is capable of living for many decades with proper care. It is a slow growing species and the branches can be pruned to the desired shape. In cold climates the tree is fully deciduous and can lose its leaves and become completely dormant during the winter months. At mature size, Laurus nobilis can grow to over 40 feet tall and is a great specimen tree for gardens or parks. The berries produced in the late summer are edible and can be used as a spice in traditional dishes. Pruning the tree can help keep its size manageable and also promotes bushier growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation of Laurus nobilis is best accomplished by cuttings from semi-ripe wood, taken in late summer or early autumn. It typically takes between four to eight weeks for the cuttings to develop roots, depending on the temperature and humidity of its environment. For best results, roots should be developed in temperatures between 68 and 72 Fahrenheit (20-22 Celsius). Optimal humidity is between 65 and 75%, and air circulation is beneficial. When planting out, Laurus nobilis should be situated in a deep, well-drained soil; the soil should be moderately fertile and slightly acidic, pH range 6 - 6.5. The shrub will grow best when positioned in full sun, preferably south facing in USDA Zones 8 and higher, but they will also tolerate some shade. Plant at least 3-5 feet apart, in an area that also receives regular moisture.