Laurus ‘Saratoga’

(Saratoga Bay Laurel)

By May 17, 2022
Close up of green leaves on a Laurus ‘Saratoga’ or Saratoga Bay Laurel tree

About Laurus ‘Saratoga’ (Saratoga Bay Laurel)  

This large canopy tree is known as Laurus ‘Saratoga’ or, commonly as Saratoga Bay Laurel. Grown in standard and multi-trunk, its green ovate shaped leaves grow densely throughout the tree. Similar to its cousin Laurus ‘Nobilis’ or Bay Laurel, the leaves of this tree can be used in the kitchen for seasoning and cooking. Spring welcomes tiny, fragrant, yellow flowers that emerge in clusters throughout the tree. Growing in a rounded form, this tree can reach an average landscaped size of 15-30′ tall by 15-30′ wide.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Laurus ‘Saratoga’ in an area that receives full to partial sunlight exposure using well-draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help establish a healthy root system and avoid transplant shock. During periods of extreme heat, water regularly so that the soil doesn’t dry out completely. When established, this tree is hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand seaside and drought conditions. If desired, prune in the spring before new growth begins and use a general fertilizer to encourage new growth.

Landscape design ideas

Saratoga Bay Laurel tidy size makes it an excellent choice as a background plant, privacy or windscreen, or as a specimen tree. For city landscapes, this tree bodes well when planted on street or parking lot medians.

Botanical Name: Laurus ‘Saratoga’

Common Name: Saratoga Bay Laurel

Average Landscape Size: 15-30' x 15-30'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Yellow

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Standard and multi-trunk trees

Sizes: 5, 15, & 25 gallon cans

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Spring Flowers, Waterwise, Easy Pruning, Tolerates Light Frost,