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A picture of a Willow Leaf Bay

Willow Leaf Bay

Laurus nobilis f. angustifolia

Also known as

Narrow Leaf Bay, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel, Willow-Leaved Laurel, Bay Tree, Poet's Laurel

Laurus nobilis g2 by Giancarlo Dessì (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Willow Leaf Bay Overview

This evergreen shrub or small tree has narrower leaves than Sweet bay but has the great advantage of being hardier.

Common problems with Willow Leaf Bay

Can get attacked by bay sucker, horse chestnut scale, soft scale and tortix moth. It can also suffer from powdery mildews and leaf spot.

How to harvest Willow Leaf Bay

Pick leaves as and when required.

How to propagate Willow Leaf Bay

Cuttings

Take semi hardwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Special features of Willow Leaf Bay

Pot plant

Preferring well drained soil this plant does well in a container.

Other uses of Willow Leaf Bay

Used as a structural plant in the border, for topiary and hedging and also used for cooking.

Edible

Leaves can used fresh or drier for use in a variety of dishes.