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LAURUS nobilis

Commonly known as Poet's laurel, Sweet bay, True laurel

Culinary bayleaf
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Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
individually £11.50 each , 3+ £9.00 each 

Available again from March 2022 - New stock in early spring.
Large £50.00 each 

Delivery Information Available again from March 2022

Densely branched conical tree or large shrub native to the Mediteranean region growing in moist rocky areas. Its aromatic leaves are used as a culinary herb.

  • Evergreen - narrowly ovate, glossy, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long
  • Yellow - greenish-yellow
  • Height - 12m (39ft)
  • Spread - 10m (33ft)
  • Tree - or large shrub. Produces flowers 5mm (¼in) across followed by black berries.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • May cause skin allergy or irritant - Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - the laurel wreath of ancient Greece. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
  • Medicinal properties - many medicinal uses including as a digestive aid, for reducing flatulence and the berries have even been used to(supposedly) cure baldness
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, tortrix moth caterpillars, powdery mildew, leaf spot.
  • Place of origin - Mediterranean.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept - - slightly back from the sea with more shelter
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Ovate - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - - aromatic foliage.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - shelter from cold winds
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Rabbit Resistant
12m (39ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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LAURUS nobilis 'Aurea'  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Golden bay.
excellent bright gold foliage
£13.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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