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Bay Trees

Bay Trees

Bay trees, also known as Laurus nobilis, are a popular ornamental shrub that can be grown in the UK. They are known for their glossy, dark green leaves and their ability to be pruned into various shapes and sizes. Here’s some information on the best position for bay trees, when to plant them, their flowering time, height and width, and when to feed them.

Best position: Bay trees prefer a sunny or partially shaded spot with well-drained soil. They are tolerant of most soil types, but do best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils.

When to plant: Bay trees can be planted at any time of year, but the best time to plant is in autumn or spring when the soil is not too wet or too dry. It’s important to make sure the root ball is thoroughly watered before planting and to keep the soil moist for the first few weeks after planting.

Flowering time: Bay trees bloom in late spring or early summer with small, yellowish flowers. However, the flowers are not very showy and the main attraction of bay trees is their foliage.

Height and width: Bay trees can grow up to 10 meters tall in their native Mediterranean habitat, but in the UK they usually reach a height of 2-4 meters if left unpruned. They have a narrow, upright habit and can be pruned into various shapes, including standards and topiary.

When to feed: Bay trees benefit from an application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring, just before the new growth appears. It’s important not to over-fertilize bay trees, as this can lead to excessive growth and weak stems.

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