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Bay Tree in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Laurus Nobilis

 

Bay Tree

A beautiful functional plant, it can be grown as an aromatic, evergreen tree or shrub. The leaves start off a bright green and as they get older turn dark green. Where it is grown in warmer areas it produces inconspicuous flowers that are a yellowy-green colour. Female shrubs produce black berries when the flowers have died. Leaves can be dried and then used in the kitchen. It can easily be trained as a standard plant. Heavy frosts can damage young plants so they are often grown in tubs to be brought into a greenhouse for winter protection.

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plant Features
  • Bay Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Bay Tree likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Bay Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Bay Tree likes free draining

    Free draining

 
Available to buy from 3 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Bay Tree

Latin name

Laurus Nobilis

type

Evergreens

family

Lauraceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bay Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Bay Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Bay Tree likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Bay Tree likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bay Tree is 4.00meters x 8.00meters 4.00 M 8.00 M

Laurus Nobilis

A beautiful functional plant, it can be grown as an aromatic, evergreen tree or shrub. The leaves start off a bright green and as they get older turn dark green. Where it is grown in warmer areas it produces inconspicuous flowers that are a yellowy-green colour. Female shrubs produce black berries when the flowers have died. Leaves can be dried and then used in the kitchen. It can easily be trained as a standard plant. Heavy frosts can damage young plants so they are often grown in tubs to be brought into a greenhouse for winter protection.


Planting Outdoors

From Late Autumn TO Early Spring

Plant out container grown specimens into soil that drains well and ideally a sheltered or nearly sheltered site as frost and strong winds will affect the leaves,

 

Planting Outdoors

From Late Autumn TO Early Spring

Plant out container grown plants into final position in sun or partial shade and in a reasonably sheltered site as strong winds will turn the leaves brown.

 

Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Little yellow flowers and the female shrubs produce black berries when the flowers have died.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Early Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14 cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 
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