Balcony plant for 2019: The Bay Tree

on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Posted in News

Fabulous green foliage, a stately appearance and a simple shape make the Bay tree (scientific name: Laurus nobilis) a great addition to any balcony. The Bay blooms with white flowers which appear as umbels in the leaf axils and later become oval berries. Remaining green all through the year, its oval leaves feature a light vein, that looks like a feather. Bay is available in space-saving shapes (pillar, standard) which work well with the limited space available on a balcony. It can even be used to create a green hedge to hide a balustrade. And the leaves? They have a pleasant fragrance, and can also be used in cooking.

Bay 1

Origin
Bay grows in Asia Minor and the eastern part of the Mediterranean. It was the Romans who brought it to Western Europe. In the wild the plant grows to be a fairly tall shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 10 meters.

Bay 3

Range
The bay range is limited with the ‘ordinary’ green-leaved variety most common. However, there are a few cultivars with a different leaf colour and shape. Sometimes the leaves are more wavy, elongated, rounder or smaller. And sometimes the leaves are variegated in white or gold and have a light outer edge. There is a lot of choice in terms of shape, because the plant is very suitable for topiary. Hence there are pyramid, cylinder, cube, cone and ball shapes, and the trunks can be both straight and twisted.

Bay 2

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