Laurus nobilis – Quarter 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.
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 Quarter Standard is a small 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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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
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.