Laurus nobilis

Laurus nobilis

Bay

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Laurus nobilis
  • Common name: Bay
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 12m

Spread: 10m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Flowers

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Bay, Laurus nobilis is one of the oldest shrubs in cultivation, introduced at least as early as 1650. It's an essential foliage plant for herb gardens, its leaves commonly used in curries and as part of a bouquet garni. It's slightly tender when young and benefits from shelter and protection in winter. Plants are traditionally trained and clipped as topiary, and make fine structural features in formal gardens. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Laurus nobilis in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, ideally near a south- or west-facing wall, which willl provide additional shelter from cold winds and frost. In cooler regions, consider growing in a container which you can move indoors in autumn.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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