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Other common names
Bay tree Bay laurel
Bay Poet's laurel Roman laurel Royal bay Sweet bay True laurel Victor's laurel
Laurus are dioecious evergreen trees or large shrubs, with leathery aromatic leaves, and small yellow flowers followed on female plants by black berries
Lauraceae / Lauraceae
L. nobilis is a large, erect evergreen shrub with aromatic, narrowly ovate, leathery leaves useful in cooking. Flowers small, pale greenish-yellow, in dense clusters; fruit oval, glossy black when ripe
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
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Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
wider than 8 metres
Grows well in a container. Prefers a well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
Pruning group 1
Can get bay sucker, horse chestnut scale, soft scale and tortrix moth
Powdery mildews and a leaf spot may be a problem
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