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Laurus nobilis f. angustifolia
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willow-leaved laurel

L. nobilis f. angustifolia is an evergreen shrub or small tree, to around 8m tall, with aromatic foliage useful in cooking. The leaves are willow-like in appearance being long and narrow and with wavy edges. Yellowish-green flowers appear in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Yellow Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green Black
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lauraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Laurus are dioecious evergreen trees or large shrubs, with leathery aromatic leaves, and small yellow flowers followed on female plants by black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Mediterranean

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in a container. Prefers a well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get bay sucker, horse chestnut scale, soft scale and tortrix moth

Diseases

Powdery mildews and a leaf spot may be a problem

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