Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet Bay

Item #134574, 4" Pot.
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Edible landscape beauty. This perennial evergreen shrub-form tree has fragrant, bright-gold foliage. Blooms in spring attract bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Use edible leaves as an herb for adding flavor to your favorite soup or stew recipe. Upright growth habit. Plant in landscape as an attractive border or focal specimen. Also suitable for growing in containers – even indoors. Deer-resistant.

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Bloom Color Yellow
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Taste Aromatic
Texture Coarse
Years to Bear 1
Zone Range 8 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 8 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 6 - 20' tall x 6 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 6 - 22' apart to ensure room for growth.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
For the smell and culinary use.
Tim W on Apr 8, 2021
Interesting appearance - and can be used in cooking!
CAROL F on Jan 19, 2021
For the smell and culinary use.
Tim W on Apr 8, 2021
I was pleased to see these being offered, as they are not typically sold in my area. Great opportunity to try something new
Rebecca C on Feb 28, 2021
Interesting appearance - and can be used in cooking!
CAROL F on Jan 19, 2021
Gorgeous foliage plus culinary use, come on!
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
hopping the Rabbits wont eat it
Yolanda H on Jul 28, 2020
It would be fun to just pick from your garden when you're cooking!
ADELAIDA M A on Jun 27, 2020
I have always wanted to try and grow Bay leaves for my spices!
DAVE G on Jun 17, 2020
I was born in Sicily but never seen it Sunshine
MARIA G on Jun 17, 2020
My Aunt will not cook spaghetti without it.
Bren on May 19, 2020
I cook and love fresh bay leaves.
Brian L on Jan 18, 2020
Love bay leaves in soup!
Amy R on Jan 11, 2020
I liked the color of the plant
Peter B on Apr 26, 2019
Working on an edible landscape. Looks like it will be pretty and I use bay leaves often in soups and stews.
Selena A on Apr 12, 2019
On a recent visit to Jamaica I visited an exhibit farm where the Sweet Bay Tree was growing. I loved the scent from the leaves when smashed between my fingers. I thought I would like to try growing a couple in pots in my zone, which is too cold for it to grow outside year around. I'll give it a try.
Nick S on Mar 16, 2019
use a lot of Bay in my cooking and I can grow Bay in a pot
Margaret C on Apr 1, 2017
Unique color.
Jeff H on Mar 10, 2017
The color, the possibility of using the leaves in cooking and the scent. It's different
Sherri C on Mar 8, 2017
I love having new herbs to use, thought this would make a beautiful potted plant and winter house plant.
ROBYN T on Mar 5, 2017
I like Bay but this type is new to me, want to see what its like.
N P on Feb 2, 2017
I need a bay tree and this looks colorful plus I am 1/2 Sicilian
Theresa L on May 13, 2016
To use as an herb and also have bees that might use it for nectar
FRED O on Apr 21, 2016
I was pleased to see these being offered, as they are not typically sold in my area. Great opportunity to try something new
Rebecca C on Feb 28, 2021
Gorgeous foliage plus culinary use, come on!
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
the dimensions say 6-20', but if it can be indoors I'm assuming you mean 6"-20"?
Emily T on Sep 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The mature dimensions are for when the tree is growing in the ground. It can certainly be kept much smaller than 20 feet if it's grown in a pot, but those dimensions will depend on the size of the container in which the tree is growing (and care/maintenance like pruning).
Can the Sicilian Sunshine Sweet Bay be used in the same way as Bay Laurel?
Betty on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes! They are one in the same (bay laurel, sweet bay, bay tree, etc.) ??? officially, Laurus nobilis.
If I keep the Bay Laurel in a pot, being into the three season porch in winter will it survive?
Tenor on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I left my plant in a pot in our greenhouse during the winter with no heat and it survived just fine.
why did my bay come with green leaves not yellow?
JoAnne on Feb 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's a young plant - once you get it in the ground or in a container and it's gets growing, the leaves will become yellow.
I am looking for a plant which I can control by pruning. I want to cut the lower branches off, and then have a ball shape on top. So, I envision a round ball about 4' by 4' on top of a 4' tall trunk. Will this plant work for that? Do you have any instructions on how to prune plant into desired shapes? Thankyou !
Colebrook on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: What you are describing is topiary pruning. We don't have specific instructions for this, but there is a fine article about it here: //
is this fast growing ?
sidney a on Feb 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Sidney. This is my second bay laurel tree. At first, it seemed like it was barely growing. Second year, it took off. I???m very pleased with its growth now.
Is this plant deciduous when planted outside in the winter in zone 8?
Dianne k on Jan 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry I can't answer your question. I live in a colder zone and planned to keep the plant inside since I knew it wouldn't survive outside here.
I want to have this Sweet Bay as a house plant. When should it be pruned to keep its shap?
Elizabeth M on Jun 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Pruning is best done when the tree is not actively growing, so fall is usually best.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What size is the shipped plant?
Sharon E on May 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are shipped in 4 inch pots and are 4-12 inches when shipped.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What lighting and size pot is needed to successfully grow this indoors?
Patrick W on Mar 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A sunny south window will do, or grow lights set on a timer. The pot size should correspond to the size/age of the root system. When the roots reach the edge of the pot, it's time to "pot up." to a larger pot. You can start with a 10" diameter pot. This is a slow-growing plant so it will be a while between repottings.
What temperature is needed to grow indoors ? I am done 6b so I will need to grow this in a container and bring in for the winter.
Gail P on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine has thrived Indoors this winter ion temps around 68-72
Will this plant tolerate hot summers and drought conditions of Texas?
Robert D on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It depends upon where you are locate in Texas. If you plug your zip code in here: // and it shows you to be in Zone 10 (either 10a or 10b, then the plant will grow well where you are. Otherwise, the screen will show you that this plant is incompatible with your are.If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
What is the growth rate?
Tuan L on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Of course, much depends upon the conditions under which the plant is grown, but on average, you can expect it to grow about 16" per year.
How and when do you harvest the bay leaves? Is the fruit also edible?
CATHERINE M on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The newer growth is yellow and I pick a few when the leaves are about 2 inches long. Mature leaves turn green and harvest them at 3 inches. I would not eat the fruit

Customer Reviews

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A Tree in a Pot!
This sweet bay has grown incredibly well. We live in the Northeast and brought the small plant inside for the winter. It started to grow new leaves in Feb./Mar. in the tall but narrow pot we planted it in. Since we brought it out side in April it has turned into a 2+ foot tall plant even after being pruned. The leaves are extremely fragrant--not at all like the dried leaves purchased. We have frozen a batch of leaves and will have more than we can ever use when we prune again before we bring the plant in before the freeze this year. It's a lovely looking house plant when not outside..
August 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Unfortunately, my Sicilian Sunshine Sweet Bay is an ex-Sicilian Sweet Bay. Beautiful all last summer, and weathered the winter indoors but as soon as I put it outside after the danger of frost had passed, it departed this earth.
June 8, 2017
over 4 years ago
When ordered did not think of making hedge with them but that is what I did growing and look very healthy
May 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Sweet Bay
Love this plant. It’s awesome. I like to cook with bay and when the leaves are coming out in the spring. They are sweet and cook up so well that I don’t need to remove them
May 9, 2018
over 4 years ago
We ordered one and it didn't last but a few weeks before biting the dust. Stark replaced it but the 2nd one never had a hint of life. We had looked forward to adding to our few bay leaf plants with the golden one. Sigh.
October 3, 2018
over 3 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to learn that you've had issues with this plant. If you need any assistance please contact customer support. One of our amazing agents will be ready to assist you. Your planting success is important to us!
October 30, 2018
Tabitha R
Plant was very small
I Am very disappointed in my sunshine. It died. The plant was very small when received and did not survive the year.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago