Bay trees make gorgeous standards, and they are reasonably quick growing by topiary standards. This three-quarter standard bay tree stands about 1.4m tall above the soil and has a 35-40cm head diameter.
- Laurus nobilis
- Overall height about 130-140cm above soil
- 90-100cm clear stem, 40-45cm head
- Thick stems
- Lots of new growth
The thick, leathery dark green leaves of laurus nobilis make the bay tree a favourite for topiary - especially in potagers and herb gardens. As a culinary herb, it has the added advantage of being edible as well as pleasing to the eye.