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Laurus nobilis (Bay Tree)

Laurus nobilis (Bay Tree)
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Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Herb, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Evergreen
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Medium - high - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Laurus nobilis Description

Bay Laurel is mostly grown for its dense dark foliage and form where it can be left to form a dense evergreen screen or trimmed to shape. In smaller gardens bay is often left to get too large and can become problematic, especially near a property. However its attractive foliage, which is also strongly scented make this a good garden plant, but it often needs managing, either as specimen of as a shaped evergreen hedge.

Laurus nobilis - Cultivation Notes

The bay Laurel is tough fast growing evergreen tree that will tolerate a wide range of soil types, prefering a location in full sun but will tolerate part shade. Bay Laurel can be trimmed and shaped and is often seen in formal and herb gardens where it is confined with annual shaping; it is also often grown in large pots as a specimen.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Laurus nobilis:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Laurus nobilis

  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Laurus nobilis:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden

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Common Missspellings: Lauris, Laures, Lawrus, Larus, Lawres

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