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Laurus nobilis
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Originally from the Mediterranean region. The Greeks appreciated the medicinal properties of both leaves and fruit. Also used in Chinese Folklore. Likeness used in Heraldry on coins and flags.

Landscape Value

In herb gardens, in pots, as hedges and for topiary. Evergreen tree.

Nutritional Value

Leaves used in dishes such as soups and stews or with fish. Both leaves and berries contain essential fatty acids, anti oxidants and can be used as analgesics and anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant.

How to Eat

Traditionally used in bouquet garni to flavour soups and stews. Remove before serving. Remove a branch, hang to dry and store leaves in a dark sealed container.

Expected Yield

All the leaves can be used.

Growing

Sun

Will grow in partial shade or full sun.

Wind

Protect for the first 2 or 3 years.

Climate

Frost Hardy.

Soil

Well drained fertile soils.

Planting

Plant 4 metres apart.

Fertiliser

Some general fertiliser maybe needed with potted plants.

Pruning

Enjoys being clipped to shape or control the size of the plant.

Pests

Sooty mould can be a problem if plant is not watered in dry weather. Some caterpillars enjoy a nibble now and again.

Hardiness

-5°C

Special Conditions

 


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