plants

Laura

£100.00

Bay tree

Laurus Nobilis; Poet's laurel; Roman laurel; True laurel; Victor's laurel

Why we love Laura

A timeless outdoor plant that looks beautiful, smells incredible and can even be used in your cooking. A real hard worker.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Give her a trim each year in late summer to maintain her shape. It’s really easy to do. Just think of it as giving her a haircut.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Laurus nobilis

Nickname

Bay tree

Plant type

Outdoor evergreen

Plant height (including pot)

Bay pyramids: 70-80cm; 120-130cm

Bay trees: 70-80cm; 130-140cm; 150-160cm

Pet/Baby safe?

Yes

Nursery pot size

Bay pyramids: 25cm; 25cm

Bay trees: 17cm; 25cm; 25cm

About bay trees

The bay tree, or bay laurel, has been a beloved plant for centuries. The ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans considered it quite the status symbol. Wreaths of bay laurel were worn on the heads of the most important members of society and given as prizes in sporting competitions. Bay was a plant for champions. 

You don’t see a lot of people wearing it on their heads these days, but the bay tree is as popular as ever. It’s an evergreen, which means it will look good on your patio or balcony all year round, and it’s very easy to look after. It will love a sunny spot, though will be happy with a mix of sun and shade.

It likes gentle watering, so just give it a drink when the top two inches of soil feel dry. Don’t be tempted to water it too heavily as it won’t like soggy soil. Equally, don’t let it dry out completely. Your plant will arrive in a nursery pot (the plastic pot it’s been growing in). There’s no need to remove it from this. Just place the whole thing inside a decorative pot.

One of the best things about bay is that you can pick off its leaves and use them in cooking. A bay leaf added to pasta sauce or stew will add subtle warm flavour. A leaf picked fresh off your plant will have much more flavour than any from the supermarket.

Did you know?

It’s not just the leaves that are used in cooking. Dried bay berries and bay oil are also used in cuisines around the world

Need a pot? Fits great in: