Botanical Name: Laurus nobilus
This handsome pyramid shaped tree makes a superb tub specimen, hedging plant or topiary sculpture due to its positive response to pruning. The leaves of the bay are used as a popular culinary seasoning used in all types of cooking.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
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Suitability in Pots
Drought Hardy (Little Watering)
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Can be pruned to 2m
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Customer Comments on Bay Tree
Good tub plant if you want to use the leaves for cooking. Mine has lived happily potted for tens years so far. Tough as a boot. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 28-May-2006
Or you can let it go wild. Mine started out as 2 leaves in a tube and is now bigger than my house. Bouquets garni anyone? | Amanda Le Bas De Plumetot - Sel, VIC 10-Oct-2006
If you want a drought tolerent tree this is it. Ours was to the point of dead looking trunks and leaves and, with the root ball shrunk away from the pot. I nearly threw it in the compost. However, with some water it came back, unbelievable! | Ian Paterson - Rushworth, VIC 31-Dec-2007
Works just as well: Myrtlewood leaves. If you don't live in the S. OR coast and N. CA areas, it may be very hard to get. It's EVERYWHERE here, though. Also a good (and safe!) bug repelent for people and pets. | Angela Hanan - Coos Bay , OR 22-Jul-2008
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