Bay Laurel – USDA Organic (Laurus nobilis)

Bay Laurel - USDA Organic


What is Bay Laurel – USDA Organic

An attractive bush, a renowned leaf for cooking, and a tasty berry—in one plant? You won’t find all three in anything other than the Organic Bay Laurel, a Mediterranean plant that smells as good as it looks. 

The Organic Bay Laurel tree, certified USDA organic, is a small-to-medium plant known for its deep green leaves, which are used to add depth of flavor in cooking. The fragrant and evergreen foliage can be dried for later use or used fresh as a seasoning. 

Bay Laurels thrive just as well when placed in a container as when planted directly in the ground. What’s more, this fragrant plant can either grow into a small tree or be pruned into a shrub. This easygoing plant can even be trimmed into a topiary or ornamental bush! 

The Bay Laurel’s aromatic leaves are used in cuisines around the world. Imagine plucking a fragrant leaf from your tree and using it to add seasoning to stews, soups, or braised meats. This Bay Laurel is also organic, meaning that it’s free from pesticides and harmful sprays. Perfect for health-conscious foodies, the tree even produces organic summer berries that attract pollinators, bees, and other friendly wildlife. 

With its good looks, aromatic leaves, and tasty berries, the Organic Bay Laurel does it all.

Bay Laurel - USDA Organic (Laurus nobilis) Laurus nobilis

How to Grow and Care for Bay Laurel – USDA Organic

Bay Laurel – USDA Organic (Laurus nobilis) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors


When planting your Bay Laurel, find a location that offers full to partial sun (4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). This tree can adapt to a wide variety of soil type as long as it drains well. When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s three times the width of the root ball and slightly shallower than the root ball.

Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site tamping down the soil as you go. Back fill the hole, apply water to settle the soil and remove the air pockets.

When selecting a container for your bay laurel, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.


Stick your finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop, or until your ground-planted Bay Laurel’s soil is moist. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.


Considering the Bay Laurel is slow growing, it doesn’t require a great deal of food. However, container plants needs to be fed in spring and maybe again in mid-summer. When fertilizing, a general purpose fertilizer (such as a 10-10-10 formula) is sufficient.


Bay Laurel should be pruned with a shears in late winter, removing dead and crossing branches and stems, and shaping the tree to the size and form that you desire.

Bay Laurel – USDA Organic (Laurus nobilis) Details

Common name Bay Laurel - USDA Organic
Botanical name Laurus nobilis
Plant type Fruit Trees, Bushes
Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
Growth rate Slow
Height 10-15 ft.
Width 8-10 ft.