Commonly known as the Bay tree, Laurus nobilis has wonderful aromatic evergreen foliage. The glossy, slender leaves not only look and smell good, they are also great for adding flavour to foods such as stews and soups. Further interest is provided with clusters of small yellow-green flowers that are popular with bees in spring. These are followed by ornamental black fruits.
Excellent for providing evergreen screening or shelter, Bay Laurel can cope with exposed positions if it is not in a northerly climate. This Bay tree benefits from pruning to create fresh growth, but if left unpruned you can expect a height and spread of around 6 x 4 metres in 20 years. Plant in full sun or dappled shade and enjoy the wonderful fragrance when you brush past.
AKA Bay Laurel tree, Bay tree
Bay Laurel can be planted at any time of year. Begin the preparation by removing weeds and grass within a metre of the intended planting hole. Dig a square hole slightly deeper than your root mass and approximately 2-3 times as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling into the hole at this point.
Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. Use 50% of the original soil and 50% compost to fill in the hole. Firm around gently, taking care to avoid banking soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting trees using a stake and tie kit.
The help & advice section has step by step guides and videos.
If you’re planting Laurus nobilis in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Covid-19: In response to government advice and for the safety of everyone, we have taken the difficult decision to stop nursery operations until mid-April.
It will still be possible to place new orders through our website and your trees will be tagged and reserved for you, but we will be unable to despatch them until operations resume.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Bush||150-200cm||10L pot||£39.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)|
|Bush||200-250cm||12L pot||£59.99 (ex VAT)|
|Bush||approx 2.5-3.0m||30L pot||£129.99 (ex VAT)|