Laurels grow as tall tree-like shrubs, reaching heights 3 metres (10 feet) or more, depending on the variety. Some laurels may reach up to 12 metres (40 feet) high while the more diminutive varieties only grow to 1.5 metres (5 feet) tall. Laurels are evergreen plants that provide year-round interest to the landscape. The plants produce spring or early summer flowers and have glossy, green leaves. These plants tolerate a range of soil conditions and only need basic maintenance to remain attractive and healthy.