Laurus nobilis Hedge Plants Description
Laurus nobilis, or Sweet Bay or Bay Laurel as it's more commonly known as is one of the oldest shrubs in cultivation. It originates from the Mediterranean and is the source of the popular cooking ingredient, bay leaves which can be used fresh or dried. You can find more herbaceous hedging in our edible hedging department.
Bay Laurel is a fully evergreen hedge plant, that enjoys a a fertile, moist, well drained soil and prefers sun but can be adjusted to partial shade. This Laurel shrub is tender and needs to be positioned in a sheltered spot and given stem protection during the cold weather. However, Laurus nobilis is exceptionally drought tolerant and thrives in the hot sun due to its Mediterranean heritage. If you're unable to grow Bay Laurel, we recommend Portuguese Laurel, which has a similar appearance and slightly slower growth rate. Nonetheless, Portuguese Laurel is sturdier and a fantastic substitute. Hedges Direct has more hedge plant options that are suitable for difficult, growing sites. View our range of hedging for exposed sites on our website.
Laurus nobilis is a favourable choice from the Laurel family. In addition to Bay Laurel hedging, we have other varieties of species available to buy online including Cherry Laurel, Spotted Laurel, Laurel Etna, Compact Laurel and Laurel Caucasica.
Aside from being a popular Laurel shrub, Bay Laurel is also favourable as a Topiary Standard, which has a long stem and a round, leafy head.
It's not common to hear about the unique scent that Bay Laurel brings. If you're looking for a fragrant plant to have in the garden, we have a collection of scented hedge plants available.
Hedges Direct has created a Laurel Hedging Guide to help you choose the right Laurel species, as well as some important, expert advice..
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed next to the products below. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
. Prices shown are the price per plant unless otherwise stated.
Bay Laurel is slow growing and only needs a light trim in summer to keep it in shape. With large bushes make sure there are no birds nesting.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £60 incl VAT) ||Orders of £60 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page It's Quick!
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