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Laurus nobilis

Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay

Hardy Shrub

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Awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit

Evergreen with pale yellow flowers in the spring that attract bees and beneficial insects

Glossy, leathery leaves remain aromatic all year round

Well know for its bay leave that are common used to flavour curries, soups and stews

Ideal for including in borders, herb gardens and patio containers, or it can be grown larger and clipped into topiary or hedging

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Laurus nobilis is well known for its bay leaves which are commonly used to flavour curries, soups and stews. The glossy, leathery leaves remain aromatic all year round when growing on the handsome Bay Laurel tree and they can also be dried for easy storage in the kitchen. This is an evergreen shrub which has pale yellow flowers in the spring, attracting bees and beneficial insects. The Sweet Bay plant can easily be included in borders, herb gardens or patio containers or grown larger and clipped into topiary or hedging. It looks equally at home in the formal garden or in a more naturalistic scheme and its many uses have seen Laurus nobilis awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: 12m (39'). Spread: 10m (32').

Culinary information: Some parts of this plant are edible. Click here for more details about edible plants.

Height Up to 1200cm (473in)
Spread Up to 1000cm (394in)

Hardy Shrub

hedgeskitchen gardenpatiowildlife gardenswoodland garden

sun or semi shade

Flowering Months

1 plant in 3 litre pot (V59279)
2 plants in 3 litre pots (V59280P)

Bay Laurel trees thrive in any fertile, well drained soil. Choose a sheltered position, protected from cold winds in sun or semi-shade. Alternatively, Bay trees may be grown in large containers of soil based compost such as John Innes No 3.
Feed and water Bay trees regularly until they are fully established. Bay trees particularly dislike competition from weeds – keep them weed free from within a 30cm radius of the base of the tree. Bay trees require little pruning. Remove any damaged or misplaced stems in late winter to maintain a healthy, well shaped plant.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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