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Laurus nobilis 'Aurea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green and Pale Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

bay 'Aurea'

Family

Lauraceae


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

'Aurea' is a large evergreen shrub of broadly conical habit with leathery, aromatic, golden-yellow leaves, brightest in winter and spring, and dense clusters of small, greenish-yellow male flowers in spring

Other common names

  • yellow-leaved bay tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

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

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

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

Diseases

Generally disease free