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Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

$59.95 (10% Off)

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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Bay Laurel Planting Mix

Helps your Bay Laurel get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
8-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.



Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Laurus nobilis

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Effortless Cooking and Fragrance

An outstanding, fragrant tree that wows - the Bay Laurel is second to none. Use the Sweet Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Tree as an ornamental, or as a part of your cooking spice collection. This versatile, amazing little variety has an array of uses and can even be trained as a topiary. 

Even better? The Bay Laurel thrives in a container in growing zones 4 through 11. Basically, this hardy evergreen shrub has the strength to match its good looks. Plus, it's known for its glossy, dark-green leaves that will add interest to your porch, patio, balcony or landscape. During the summer months, it produces small black fruit that attracts birds for a show of graceful wildlife.

It's probably best known, however, as a favorite spice. Chances are that you have a spaghetti recipe that includes bay leaves. Fresh or dried Bay Laurel leaves can be used as a cooking spice and are often added to traditional Mediterranean dishes such as soups, stews and fish dishes. Their mild flavor enhances the taste of vegetables, meat, and poultry, with dried leaves retaining their flavor for several months.

Is there anything the amazing Bay Laurel can't do? Order yours today!

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1 gal. bay laurel
arrived on time. they came very well packaged. beautiful healthy plants. I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend to anyone
January 14, 2019
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Glad I found them!
Bay Laurel tree arrived a day early and in excellent condition. Actually left it in shipping box for 5 days as it was a present and it was perfect when opened. Followed instructions and looks great.Thank you Fast Growing Trees! Will purchase future items.
January 11, 2019
1 month ago
Big, strong, healthy bay trees
Excellent, I am very happy. We bought two, both are a full 4' from the top of the pot. Packed beautifully and delivered quickly. I couldn't find big Bay Laurel trees anywhere locally, nurseries couldn't even order them for us. So happy to find just what we wanted at Fast Growing Trees for a fair price!
December 23, 2018
1 month ago
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Full and vibrant green
It came inn looking beautiful and it’s staying that way! I have high hopes for this plant and it indoor location.
December 16, 2018
2 months ago
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Hoping it rebounds
Love Bay Laurel and received a lush healthy plant. Am hoping it rebounds after transplant shock to Minnesota indoor garden caused all the leaves to drop off.
December 7, 2018
2 months ago
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I will be ordering more plants...good company, thank you
This was the second one sent (first one didn't make it in transit) you will be happy to know not only did they make it right...they insured correct shipping would not damage the second bay laurel. Secured safety in box (Godzilla could have delivered and not hurt the plant) and arrived beautiful...thank you
November 25, 2018
2 months ago
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Skeptical Online Shopper
I was a bit skeptical about buying such a large plant online: how does it even ship, what will the condition be like, I can't even see the exact specimen before buying. I'm happy to say I'm very impressed with my purchase of the 3 gallon through this website! Considering it was never available at the large chains in my area (Lowe's, Home Depot), and other bays online were super small (think table top rosemary bush), this gave me the most value for the money. Although the particular bay I received isn't -perfect- (see details below and photos), I'll be monitoring it over the next few weeks to see if some pruning and fresh air helps. This is for my Mom's birthday on Dec. 5th, she's Filipina and has explicitly wished for her own bay leaf tree (hello adobo!) so I can't wait to present it to her.

-Large hardy specimen (3 gallon)
-Appropriately packaged in a large shipping box, pot plastic-wrapped

-Average shipping (5 business days, just prepare for it)
-Some leaves with dry brown spots, yellowed (however the vendor sent a flier to specifically address dormant leaves and seasonal changes)
Some yellow leaves, a flier about dormant leaves during Fall/Winter came with the plant for context.
3 gallon shown by a dining chair for height. I am 5'7" and the tallest branch came up to my chest.
November 11, 2018
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excellent condition on arrival
I fully expected from the reviews I've read on this site that the plants I ordered would be healthy and vigorous, and when they arrived I wasn't disappointed. The packaging was first-rate and though it had suffered considerably in its journey across the U.S. the plants were in excellent condition and required only a day out of their cartons to recover fully from the indignity of being hauled cross country in a dark box. There was an additional advantage to buying from this vendor as well, one I haven't often found from others -- the bay laurel had been grown/pruned such that it can now be easily shaped as I please. The shaping done early in a plant's life can make all the difference when it comes to deciding whether you can make it into a tall shrub, a small tree, or some more exotic shaping. My bay laurel arrived ready for anything, and that has saved me at least a year or two in shaping it into a plant that works in my own garden. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
September 20, 2018
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Healthy specimen
I received a good healthy tree which I was able to plant successfully. I haven't a lot of room now for new trees where I live, but I am glad to have this bay laurel as an addition.
September 9, 2018
5 months ago
Great Company; healthy plants; just as expected
The plants are super hardy and healthy but quite small; a thin pencil-width stalk and only about 6 inches tall. So plan lots of growing time for these little guys!
August 24, 2018
6 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel Planting Diretions

The Bay Laurel is an evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves that are very fragrant, especially when dried. It can also be used for seasoning when cooking. This variety is known as (Laurus nobilis) and perform their best outdoors in USDA growing zones 8-11 and on the patio (potted) in zones 4-11. Bay Laurel are slow growers maturing to a height of 10-15 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide.

Location: When planting Bay Laurel, find a location that offers full to partial sun. This tree can adapt to a wide variety of soil type as long as it drains well.

Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) Dig your hole 3 time the width of the root ball and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Bay Laurel and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site tamping down the soil as you go.
5) Back fill the hole, apply water to settle the soil and remove the air pockets.

Planting Instructions (potted): Bay Laurel can also be successfully grown in containers. It makes a popular container plant that can live for decades.
1) When selecting a container for your bay laurel, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.2) A good potting soil such as Miracle Grow should be fine for filling in the open space, try to leave space in the top for watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Also, avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from a window or vent.

Watering (in the ground): Your Bay Laurel will need deep watering 1-3 times weekly depending on the weather to keep the soil moist and not over saturated. Mulching really helps with retaining soil moisture.

Watering (potted): Stick your finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.

Fertilizing: Considering the Bay Laurel is slow growing, it doesn’t require a great deal of food. However, container plants needs to be fed in spring and maybe again in mid-summer. When fertilizing, a general purpose fertilizer (such as a 10-10-10 formula) is sufficient.

Pruning: Bay Laurel should be pruned with a shears in late winter, removing dead and crossing branches and stems, and shaping the tree to the size and form that you desire.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
Our first bay lived in my kitchen for about 10 years when we froze it by forgetting to bring it inside for the winter
Maryalice H on Jan 14, 2019
JAMES B on Dec 22, 2018
Our first bay lived in my kitchen for about 10 years when we froze it by forgetting to bring it inside for the winter
Maryalice H on Jan 14, 2019
Avid cook
Carrington M on Dec 26, 2018
JAMES B on Dec 22, 2018
we do a lot of cookimg using bay leaves.will try this plant.and also looks lovely for a patio plant
maria c on Dec 2, 2018
Smells great from indoor garden
April C on Oct 21, 2018
shade and drought tolerant..we will see...
raynelle s on Oct 20, 2018
For Cooking
Michael M on Oct 3, 2018
not me my wife did I love it too
Richard R on Aug 27, 2018
I had a bayleaf tree in South Africa and it was always used for cooking.
Since arriving in USA I believe the leaf is poisonous to rats which could be handy as we live in a wooded area.
Jeannine d on Aug 14, 2018
This plant is the best price for this item. I have checked other sites and smaller plants are more expensive
Teresa G on Jul 30, 2018
Love using it when I cook, so wanted to give it as a housewarming gift -- and the delivery date was good!
Anna P on Jun 27, 2018
I wanted a Turkish Bay Leaf tree.
Jody F on Jun 15, 2018
Fresh Leaves when cooking
Robert B K on Jun 11, 2018
Love to cook with Bay leaves but only a couple times a year. I get very tired of throwing out old flavorless leaves that have sat for months. Even in a sealed bag, they just don't smell or taste like they will right off the bush.
Judy L on May 27, 2018
I love to use bay laurel leaves in my home made roasts and soups!
Mary S on May 26, 2018
My Father had a Bay Laurel in his yard, and like me, he loved to cook. So every time I will look at/ harvest this tree, I will be thinking of Dad.
NICHOLAS L on May 12, 2018
i had one from italy but i let it go
george s on Jan 6, 2018
Love bay..hoping to have this tree for a long time.
Monty V on Dec 19, 2017
I use bay leaves in a lot of the dishes I cook.
And unfortunately I lost 2 of these over a hot summer. But only because I was out of town and no one watered them!
Denise C on Nov 11, 2017
Only place I found them that had them. I would like a male and female if possible and nice looking trees. Thank you. You also had great reviews. thanks again, Dr. Rat
Ray H on Oct 31, 2017
always wanted one
Elizabeth S on Oct 8, 2017
A useful and attractive plant for patio (summer) and sunroom (winter).
Judith A on Oct 8, 2017
I have had bays before... they are great looking, easy to care for, and edible. For cooking with, there is NO substitute...and if you have bought bay at the store recently, there is no comparison to a "real one", and it is way too pricey...
Chuck F on Aug 9, 2017
I like to have herbs, vegetable and fruit growing in my yard for cooking.
Sheree P on Jul 13, 2017
I like a tree that is useful, can use the leaves in soups, sauces etc, no need to buy bay leaves anymore.
Lori M on Jun 25, 2017
Beautiful and fragrant.
Rohel Leah T on Jun 22, 2017
Use it a lot in cooking and a good plant to share with friends and family
Michael S on Jun 18, 2017
I plan on making Liquor Alloro, and needed a fresh and constant supply of bay laurel leaves
Rachel W on Jun 13, 2017
for the bay leaves in cooking
Ann T on Jun 11, 2017
THEA K on May 29, 2017
We use the leaves for cooking and it keeps its leaves all year long.
Callise D on May 17, 2017
I've wanted a Bay Laurel and searched the internet and liked what I saw with Fast Growing Trees as opposed to other mail order sites.
Rod S on May 11, 2017
Its always needed on my daily recipes
Verna S on Apr 30, 2017
Edwin F on Apr 26, 2017
brian g on Apr 22, 2017
I use the leaf in many cooking receipes and spices are getting expensive
Helen S on Apr 22, 2017
It's almost impossible to find laurel trees in new jersey
Carol G on Apr 21, 2017
I've bought smaller bay plants in the past that do beautifully outside during the summer but don't do so well inside. A much larger plant will (I hope!) be better established before it's time to take it in for the winter, so hopefully it will fare better.
Amy T on Apr 16, 2017
To use as a spice for home cooking.
Joan C on Apr 8, 2017
Delicious in my soup
Audra M on Apr 6, 2017
love to cook
peter r on Apr 2, 2017
Can use for cooking, grows in ground in Zone 8, drought tolerant.
Donna R on Mar 27, 2017
I do a lot of cooking and wanted a bay tree.
Linda L on Mar 25, 2017
I like using fresh bay leaves
Judith P on Mar 17, 2017
I love to grow my own organic herbs
Susan M on Mar 16, 2017
I cook with bay leaves all the time.
This tree is great!
Joseph E on Mar 13, 2017
We live in the boonies, so going to the store doesn't happen often. Want to grow my own food, and plan to bring this tree indoors when it gets cold outside (Southern Oklahoma).
Debra L on Mar 8, 2017
I love this leaves in my cooking, also gives my front yard a nice shade
Nellyy S on Mar 1, 2017
grows well indoor, looks beautiful, can use leaves for great taste and fragrance with cooking.
teodora n on Dec 30, 2016
I like the smell and in the future I will use the leaves for cooking.
Juan E on Nov 8, 2016
Avid cook
Carrington M on Dec 26, 2018
we do a lot of cookimg using bay leaves.will try this plant.and also looks lovely for a patio plant
maria c on Dec 2, 2018
How tall is the plant at the time of purchase?
Mpls Gardener on Feb 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It arrived planted in a 10" pot and was approximately 10 " tall. I replanted it into a larger pot and the plant took off growing.
Safe for pets?
Barbara D on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Bay Laurel is toxic to dogs and cats.
does this plant ship with the container in picture?
Pam P on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No it will come in a black planters pot.
Can I plant my Bay Laurel in the ground? I'm in zone 8? It's been doing okay in a pot, but I leave town frequently and would like the sprinkler to hit it in the yard.
Krista H on Jun 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have grown one in the ground in the northern part of zone 8. It survived brief dips to the upper teens.
Is this the Californian or Turkish bay laurel?
Mary G. on Oct 1, 2018
Are laurels fragrance?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: There are no flowers. The leaves are used in cooking, particularly in soups or stews. Bay Leaf. Look for it in your own pantry or cupboard. That is what this plant produces. Lovely smell when crushed, but no fragrance from flowers, as I am suspecting you are inquiring about.
Is this tree hardy in zone 7?
Barb S on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the weather on zone 7 it does not freeze then is ok i have 3 trees in new york but i put them in my garage when is cold besically Decenber to March
can be planted on pots or vases?
Maurice B on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am currently growing in a pot (15 gal) and expect eventually will have to go to larger, but not a rapid grower so should take some time. I expect that a 1/2 whiskey barrel size would hold a pruned mature bush since I have seen the plant used in bonsai when severely pruned
Can the bay laurel be grown as a tree rather than hedge?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would suppose so, but I don't think the trunk would ever get very thick. the plant is used for culinary purposes so most growers want the most leaves they can grow and therefore many branches. I suppose you can espelier one lone stalk, but I am not sure how much the plant will like that. Sorry I can't be more exact.
Can I keep this plant indoors year round?
louise m on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Of course, it would grow better outside, but that being said, I see no reason that it could not grow well year round in an area of the house with good light and air circulation
Can I topiary this bay??
Vampiro on Jan 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend using this Bay Laurel to create a Topiary. It has multiple trunks and believe it would be too top heavy to create the look you want.
I live on the east coast of Florida, is the bay susceptible to root rot? the water table here is quite high
Leeee on Jul 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It likes to be on the north side of our home in NC and the soil is usually moist but not wet...I would add some sand to your soil for better drainage or grow in a pot, it would grow beautifully in a pot.
Any ideas if having laurel planted in our yard would keep insects away? We recently found cockroaches and I heard dry bay leaves can deter them.
Betty B on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the strong scent in Bay Laurel and Mint will deter cockroaches away. It will not kill them but repeal them away.
The soil at my home is alkyline grey clay. Is a more acid, sandy soil recommended or will Sweet Bay do well in clay?
Stephen H on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've grown several Bay Laurels here in north Texas, where the soil is mostly clay. I mixed in lots of compost, planted them and they thrived, growing to 6 feet within 6 or 7 years Both were in very sunny locations. In my current home, I have planted one the same way, but in a partially sunny spot. It's doing fine, but the growth is much slower. Hope this helps. Kathleen in Texas

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