The Bay Leaf Tree is an attractive tree with dark green leaves used as a seasoning. It has a long history of cultivation and has been used by many cultures throughout history.
It is often grown in pots and makes an attractive and useful plant suited to grow in smaller spaces like verandahs and courtyards along with gardens.
The Bay Leaf tree grows well in South East QLD and in coastal areas and with its beauty and usefulness it makes a special gift.
If grown in the ground and left unpruned it can ultimately reach 5-7metres high. Most people however, prefer to keep the trees to 1-2metres high which can be done comfortably with occasional pruning.
When it comes to cooking, Bay leaves are much loved and used in many recipes. They impart a unique fragrant herbal flavour and can be used on their own or as part of a combination of herbs known as bouquet garni.
Whilst they can be used when picked fresh from the tree they tend to have a more rounded flavour if used after drying instead. They act to flavour the dish and rather than eating the leaves you remove them prior to serving.
Please contact us if you have any questions about buying this fruit tree.
- Scientific Name
- Laurus Nobilis
- Purchase Height
- 1 - 2 feet
- Maximum Height
- 2-7 metres
- Pot Size
Top Tips for Planting
- plant in well drained soil
- prefers a warm, sunny protected space
Top Tips for Growing
- regular watering whilst becoming established and then moderate watering thereafter
- responds well to pruning
- can be planted in a row and kept pruned to height to create a fragrant hedge
- through pruning the Bay Leaf tree also lends itself to making attractive topiary trees
Can I grow a Bay Leaf tree in a pot?
Absolutely! They grow wonderfully in a pot.
Did You Know
Did you know that in Roman times the Bay Leaf Tree was considered to offer protection and luck, so was often planted close to the front door of the home? Also, it was Bay Laurel leaves that were woven together to make the wreath worn by emperors and poets.
Fruit Trees make Great Gifts!
How about giving a Fruit Tree for someone's birthday or special occasion?
For something extra special, you can choose a tree that will bear fruit around that time.
Check out our Fruiting Calendar to find the perfect variety.
Not sure what to choose? Consider a gift card.