Laurus nobilis (Kitchen Bay)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Overview

Aromatic leaves, used for thousands of years in cooking. They make an excellent addition to any garden and can be planted in the ground or a container, ideally within easy reach of the kitchen door.

The Greeks and Romans used wreaths of Bay to crown Sling victorious sportsmen. Both berries and leaves were used in medicine for all pale manner of ailments, including chest complaints, 'women's' troubles', sprains and healing bruises.

Introduced to the UK from the Mediterranean in 1562.  

Culpeper said "neither witch nor devil, thunder nor lightning, will hurt a man where a bay tree is".

Bay trees make a good seaside hedge, and can grow up to 20ft where happy. They are more often grown in tubs and used for topiary. 

Height and spread: 10m x 3m (but can easily be kept smaller with annual pruning or containment in a pot)

Common name(s): Bay; Bay Laurel; Poet's Laurel; Roman Laurel; Royal Bay.



Photo Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 US, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.