Bay Trees - Laurus nobilis

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Misc Culinary, Multi Purpose, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Scotland & The North
Type Evergreen
Also Good Fragrant, Berries

Bay Trees - Laurus nobilis
Laurus nobilis Topiary Bay

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SIZES 1-2 3+
20/30 CM 1.5 LITRE POT Plenty of Stock£8.34Plenty of Stock£7.74
100cm Pyramid Plenty of Stock£47.94Plenty of Stock£45.54
110cm tall Lollipop 35cm Head Plenty of Stock£41.94Plenty of Stock£38.34
140cm tall Lollipop 40cm Head Plenty of Stock£71.94Plenty of Stock£69.54
160cm tall Lollipop 45+cm Head Plenty of Stock£83.94Plenty of Stock£80.94
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Bay Trees - Laurus nobilis:

Bay trees Laurus nobilis (sometimes called Aromatic Bay) is a lovely neat and glossy evergreen tree. It is hardy but may suffer damage in harsh winds and extreme cold so should be kept in a sheltered well-drained spot out of the wind.

Bay trees suffer very little from disease and are easy to prune and keep in shape. If allowed to grow free your bay trees could reach 40' by 30' but they are superb topiary specimens and are easy to keep to a more appropriate size. The leaves have culinary uses and spices are made from the berries and the leaf oil.


Great for your garden:

A well grown Bay tree is a beautiful topiary specimen providing structure and formality, either in a pot or within a formal planting scheme. Perfect for a statement on a terrace or on either side of doors or arches. You can buy both lollipop bay and 'pyramids'. Both are easy to keep in shape by pruning in spring. They will need a little care in harsh winters and, if placed in an exposed situation, are best protected with horticultural fleece. The leaves can be used for culinary purposes and the prunings can be dried or frozen.

Laurus nobilis characteristics.

  • Lanceolate grey-green leaves.
  • Glossy, neat evergreen foliage
  • Provides structure and formality
  • Aromatic
  • Vigorous
  • Disease resistant
  • Sun or partial shade
  • Plant height includes the pot

Look out for:

Bay trees can be prone to leaf spot, which is often caused by waterlogged roots, or overly wet conditions. When container grown plants suffer from this it is usually an indication that the compost has become old and tired. If this happens, you should root-prune and replant your tree into fresh, well-drained compost.

Bay trees can also suffer from peeling bark. This most often follows harsh winters, after which they may develop cracked, peeling bark, especially on the lower stems. The exact cause of this is not certain, but cold weather and other factors such as fluctuating moisture levels are likely to be contributors. Any damage caused is not serious, however, and provided the rest of the plant is growing normally or has recovered from winter damage by midsummer, no action should be necessary.


The Laurus Nobilis that is cultivated today is a descendant of the wild laurels from laurel forests that grew in the Mediterranean basin 10,000 years ago. They thrived in humid conditions and gradually died out leaving just small pockets in the mountains of Southern Turkey, Syria, Portugal, Spain, the Canary Isles and Madeira. It was honoured as a noble plant by the Greeks and Romans who used the leaves to form crowns called Laureate - a name used to this day.

Planting times for barerrot plant is November to April
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