laurel Lauraceae Laurus nobilis L. Listen to the Latin symbol: LANO80 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, entire or somewhat wavy margins, elliptical to lance-shaped, evergreen and somewhat leathery, 4 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide, spicy odor when crushed, yellow-green and shiny above, pale green below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; small but quite showy, both male and females are bright yellow-green, borne on short racemes appearing in early to mid-spring.
Fruit: Dark blue round drupe 1/2 inch long; mature in early fall.
Twig: Moderately stout, green to red-brown, somewhat ridged; buds are short and red-brown.
Bark: Smooth and pale gray.
Form: Generally a small pyramidal tree but can reach 60 feet tall.

Looks like: myrtle
leaf twig form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Laurus nobilis is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
© Copyright 2016, Virginia Tech
Dept. of Forest Resources
and Environmental Conservation,
all rights reserved.
Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson
Virginia Tech Homepage CNRE FREC