Bay (Laurus Nobilis) Tree
HERB-BAY-1-6Regular price $16.00
Bay tree is a great tree to grow if you are a keen cook, a fan of elegant topiary, or would like a hedge with a difference.
Urban Bounty Bay Trees are nice and young, so that they can easily be pruned into shape.
What are Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees
Bay trees are a fragrant, bushy evergreen tree from the Mediterranean. This tree looks simply gorgeous in Elegant and Mediterranean gardens alike. It is also a hardy option for coastal gardens.
In the ground and left to their own devices, Bay trees can grow quite large (up to 7 metres high). However, you can easily keep them tamed with regular pruning. Clip them into a hedge, standard or formal topiary for an elegant look. Bay trees grow well in large pots - this also constrains their growth, so is a good option for city gardeners with a small space.
Culinary Uses for Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees
Bay leaves can be used fresh and dried in cooking. They add an aromatic, pungent depth to soups, stews and stocks, and are often used in European, Mediterranean cuisine. We love them in Pumpkin and bacon risotto too - add a leaf during cooking and remove before eating.
Growing Conditions - Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees
Bay Trees do best in a sheltered, sunny spot and free draining soil. The ideal time to plant them is in spring or autumn. Once established, they won't need staking, but young saplings may need support to stabilise the root ball.
Young Bay Trees need regular watering over summer (water for the first three years). Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. In spring, feed your tree with compost. Prune Bay Trees in late spring. A light haircut may be all that is needed, but harder pruning can be used to constrain tree growth.
Growing Bay Trees in Pots
If growing your Bay Tree in a container, repot it each spring, replenishing the compost and soil to help keep pests and diseases at bay. Ensure that your pot has good drainage and is propped up on feet so that excess water can drain away - Bay Trees hate wet roots!
What type of climate do Bay Trees Prefer?
Bay trees are moderately frost and wind tolerant, but container grown plants may be more sensitive. If your region experiences temperatures that drop below -7 Celsius in the winter, we recommend that you grow it in a large pot and overwinter it in a warm, sheltered spot.