Laurus nobilis – Pyramid shaped

Bay Tree, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel

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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.

This Laurus nobilis is a medium sized bush form, shaped in a pyramid form, of the species which has grown in a natural, unpruned shape.

Origin: Mediterranean Europe
Genus: Laurus
Species / Cultivar: nobilis
Common Name: Bay Tree, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel
Synonym: Laurus angusta

Plant Biography

Native to the Mediterranean, the Bay Laurel has a long history of uses in the surrounding cultures. The leaves are, of course, often used as a herb in food, but in the past were often used to tree ailments from bronchitis to influenza.

The fruit, oil from the fruit and the sticks all too have a wide variety of historical and contemporary uses, with the latter being used in Madeira as BBQ skewers to impart aromatic flavours into the food as it heats.

Whether the foliage is utilised in an herb garden or not, they are particularly attractive – growing on brown stems, the lush green leaves are leathery with a finely serrated wrinkled margin.

Laurus nobilis – Pyramid shaped
Eventual Height: 7.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

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 looks great and is often used in patio tubs.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

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.

Superb specimen of a plant full of leaves, many stems and fast shipping and expertise packing assured safe arrival.

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Superb specimen of a plant full of leaves, many stems and fast shipping and expertise packing assured safe arrival.

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