Laurus nobilis – Full Standard

Bay Tree, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis is likely known foremost by its immediately recognisable leaf – the bay leaf, a popular culinary herb. However, The Bay Tree also makes for a brilliant ornamental evergreen tree that is particularly tolerant of drought.

Laurus nobilis Full Standard is a large sized tree form of the species which has been clipped along its single woody stem to create a topiary ball of foliage at the top.

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Expert Tip

The Bay Tree is very accommodating to pruning if the size and shape becomes too much for the space it's in, or pruned into topiary for a more formal appeal.
Laurus nobilis Garden Design

Laurus nobilis Garden Design

The tree itself also has a wide variety of uses when it comes to gardening. It can be used as a small tree in a herb garden, or several can be planted in a row to create a screening privacy hedge that stays green all year round.

It also looks great planted in patio tubs.

Care Tips
Images from garden designed by Andy Sturgeon and landscaped by Belderbos Landscapes.

Care Tips

Laurus nobilis is particularly drought tolerant and can be planted in a variety of well drained soil types, and in a variety of locations – in full sun to partial shade.


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