Laurus nobilis or Bay Tree has a beautiful aroma surrounding it and the whole bay leaves are often used as a herb for cooking, used during preparation and for flavouring food then removed.
This is a native to the Mediterranean and was introduced to the UK in the 1500s. Although it is only half-hardy when young, as a mature tree the Bay tree can handle UK winters. In spring small, yellow flowers blossom whilst in autumn, this tree produces small, rounded, black berries, which can also be used in the kitchen as a spice. It has large, shiny, deep green leaves that are broad and between 7-12 cm. The Bay Tree takes very well to pruning, which increases its branch density, making it ideal for screening. The RHS has given this tree an Award of Merit
We sell Laurus Noblis as a feathered bush for screening, half standard with spiral stem for a feature and standard, which forms a pyramidal shape.
Ideal Conditions: Grows well in well-drained soil, protected when young, semi-shade preferred
Maximum Height: 12 metres