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Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) (Bay tree (any shaped or topiary form))

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
12m
Max height
10m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form)

Other names

Bay tree (any shaped or topiary form), Roman laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Royal bay (any shaped or topiary form), Sweet bay (any shaped or topiary form), Bay laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Poet's laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Kitchen bay (any shaped or topiary form), Bay leaf herb (any shaped or topiary form)

Genus

Laurus Laurus

Variety or Cultivar

L. nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) _ If you grow a shaped or topiary form of Laurus nobilis (Bay tree), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

L. nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) are evergreen shrubs or small trees with narrowly ovate, aromatic, glossy, dark green leaves, typically pruned into spheres or cones, some on standards. Clusters of small, yellow-green flowers in spring are followed by black fruit on female plants.


Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic and used for culinary purposes.

Habit

Conical, Rounded

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Horse chestnut scale , Soft scale , Tortrix moth , Bay sucker Horse chestnut scale , Soft scale , Tortrix moth , Bay sucker

Leaf diseases of laurel , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf diseases of laurel , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Prune shaped specimens in summer.

Propagation

Best to start from seed in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) (Bay tree (any shaped or topiary form)) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Containers, 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form)

Other names

Bay tree (any shaped or topiary form), Roman laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Royal bay (any shaped or topiary form), Sweet bay (any shaped or topiary form), Bay laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Poet's laurel (any shaped or topiary form), Kitchen bay (any shaped or topiary form), Bay leaf herb (any shaped or topiary form)

Genus

Laurus Laurus

Variety or Cultivar

L. nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) _ If you grow a shaped or topiary form of Laurus nobilis (Bay tree), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

L. nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) are evergreen shrubs or small trees with narrowly ovate, aromatic, glossy, dark green leaves, typically pruned into spheres or cones, some on standards. Clusters of small, yellow-green flowers in spring are followed by black fruit on female plants.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic and used for culinary purposes.

Habit

Conical, Rounded


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Horse chestnut scale , Soft scale , Tortrix moth , Bay sucker

Specific diseases

Leaf diseases of laurel , Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Prune shaped specimens in summer.

Propagation

Best to start from seed in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Laurus nobilis (any shaped or topiary form) (Bay tree (any shaped or topiary form)) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Containers, 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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