Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurels)

Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurels)

Laurus nobilis – also known as the bay tree is a popular evergreen shrub.  We have a good selection at our evergreen tree nursery.

Laurus nobilis is suitable for containers or growing in the ground. Kept neatly clipped, the dark-green foliage can create stunning formal shapes, which can include pyramids, lollipops, and balls. They can create a formal look to your garden design either at an entrance or on a patio. The bay leaves can be used fresh or dried and are used in cooking to give a fragrant flavour to soups, stews, and other dishes.

The leaves on Laurus nobilis are narrowly ovate and have a leathery feel to them. Their strong aroma makes them ideal for planting near a doorway so that you can benefit from their lovely smell. During the spring, small pale green-yellow flowers appear in dense clusters.  Following this in the autumn, its fruits appear which are glossy black when they are ripe.

Laurus nobilis are relatively easy to grow and can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in either a sheltered or exposed position. They will grow facing north, south, east, or west.  They have an eventual height of 8-12m and a spread of 8m+, but this is after 20-50 years.

We have a good selection of Laurus nobilis in stock now as shrubs, half standard lollipops, and topiaries.  We have two varieties in stock – the traditional Laurus nobilis and the Laurus nobilis ‘Junior’. The ‘Junior’ has a smaller leaf than Laurus nobilis and denser foliage, which makes it ideal to use for topiaries.

If you would like more information on Laurus nobilis or any other trees and shrubs, then feel free to contact us, where we will be happy to help. Due to supply shortages at the moment, please do not hesitate to contact us with your requirements so that we can advise what is currently available.

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