The bay tree is a popular evergreen shrub suitable for containers or growing in the ground. Kept neatly clipped, the dark-green foliage can create stunning formal shapes that make an entrance or look perfect on a patio. Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried and are used in cooking to give a fragrant flavour to soups, stews and other dishes.
Common name: Bay tree, sweet bay, bay laurel
Botanical name: Laurus nobilis
Group: Evergreen shrub
Flowering time: Spring
Planting time: April to September
Height and Spread: Up to 7.5m (23ft) unless clipped
Aspect: Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness: Generally hardy to -5°C (23°F) but can withstand lower temperatures in sheltered positions.