Seeds from this wonderful specimen shrub Laurus nobilis Bay laurel is a pyramid-shaped tree or large shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves and shiny gray bark. It can reach 60' in height in its native range, but generally is much smaller 3 to 10' tall in culture. The leaves are 3 to 4 inch long, thick and leathery, and shiny dark green. Clusters of small yellow flowers are produced in spring, followed, on the female plants, by shiny black or purple berries about 1/2" long. Bay laurel is native to the southern Mediterranean region. Bay laurel grows best in partial shade. Water when dry. Bay laurel thrives with frequent watering in rich, well-drained soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 10.