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Botanical name: Laurus nobilis
Other names: Bay tree, True laurel, Victor's laurel, Roman laurel, Royal bay, Sweet bay, Bay laurel, Bay, Poet's laurel, Kitchen bay, Bayleaf herb, Bay leaf herb
Species: L. nobilis - L. nobilis is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree with aromatic, evergreen leaves. It can be clipped into shape if desired. Its leaves can be used to flavour cooking but discarded rather than consumed. Small, yellow flowers are produced in spring and female plants may produce black berries in autumn.
Laurus nobilis is: Evergreen
Flower: Pale-yellow in Spring
Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons
Fruit: Black in Autumn
Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic and used for culinary purposes.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Propagation: Best to start from seed in autumn.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Laurus nobilis (Bay tree) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Coastal, Flavouring food and drinks, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean
Cultivation: Plant in free-draining soil in a sunny position, although will tolerate partial shade. Can be grown successfully in a container and may be clipped to a standard or geometric shape. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Light:||Partial Shade, Full Sun|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
|Hardiness:||Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)|
Discuss Laurus nobilis (Bay tree) with other Shoot members.
Almost all leaves of my large Bay Tree are strangely curled (see attached picture). When I open the curls, there is liquid and a white powder inside. Could it be eggs of an insect? Any advice how to fight this?
I have a Laurus Noblis planted in my garden from a pot last summer. The harsh show this winter has not been kind and appears to have all but killed it. I have trimmed it but some of the shoots are 'wooden' whilst some others seem 'bendy' most of the leaves are brown with lass than half a dozen green left. Should i perservere and is there anything i can do to help it?
my bay tree is very tall,in a metal container, it can barely fit inside around 2.3 meters..:(so i must say that i have no choice...but to plant it outside...can u sugest in what conditions should i do this operation?should i cover it with what kind of materials?some advice will be welcome:P
can i grow laurus nobilis (bay tree)in winter conditions?10F average temperatures
The leaves on my bay tree (plant approx 4 ft) are turning light yellow from dark green. What would cause this? I bought this a month ago and is kept outside - not too much sun, not too much shade. Any answers gratefully received to this beginner gardener!
Frost has killed this down to the ground in my Cotswold garden for the last two winters. However last summer it sent up a new shoot so it was worth waiting before replacing it.
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