Bay, Grecian Laurel
Trunk - Smooth, gray bark
Foliage - The shiny lanceolate leaves are stiff, leathery, and aromatic, 2 - 4" long and 3/4 - 1 1/2" wide. Alternately arranged, glabrous, with entire margins. Dark green leaves have the traditional bay leaf scent when crushed and can be used for seasoning.
Flowers/fruit - Clusters of small light yellow flowers that appear in inconspicuous axillary clusters in February and March, are followed by 1/2 - 1" long, ovoid, black or dark purple single-seeded drupes.
Cultivars - 'Saratoga' has broader leaves and more erect growth habit.
Significant pest problems are psyllids and scale.
Clearances - Suitable for 5' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts. Suitable under utility lines.
for street sides, medians, and parks and lawns.