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The Twisted Bay (Laurus nobilis) is an unusual and striking evergreen tree with an intriguing twisted stem that adds a unique touch to any garden. It is best planted in a sunny or partially shaded position in well-draining soil. The Twisted Bay typically grows to a height of around 2.5ft with a spread of up to 1.5ft, making it an ideal choice for smaller gardens, patios, and balconies.
The Twisted Bay can be planted at any time of the year, but autumn and winter planting is recommended to allow the roots to become established before the growing season. It is important to keep the tree well-watered during its first few years in the ground, especially during dry spells.
The Twisted Bay should be fed with a balanced fertilizer in the spring and summer to promote healthy growth. It is important to avoid overfeeding the tree, as this can lead to excessive growth and may compromise the unique twisted shape.
Pruning is best carried out in late winter or early spring, before new growth appears. The Twisted Bay responds well to pruning and can be shaped to suit your garden. However, it is important to avoid cutting into the twisted stem as this may damage the tree’s unique structure.
The Twisted Bay produces small, inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring and early summer, followed by shiny black berries. While not particularly showy, the Twisted Bay’s unique twisted stem and glossy, dark green foliage make it an attractive addition to any garden.
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