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Hi, this is my first post so go easy on me. We have just moved and I’m trying to identify this tree, i’m
pretty sure it’s a bay leaf tree but I’ve never seen one this big. Am I correct? If not could someone let me know what it is? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    Yes Lauris nobilis ... we think of it as a shrub but they can grow to 20 feet or more so don’t neglect to keep it trimmed 😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Stupid question - can we use the leafs for cooking? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,818
    Yes.   We inherited a huge one, about 3m tall and multi stemmed.  I've raised its crown to shoulder height which makes it a lot less heavy and imposing (just means cutting all stems and foliage off the main trunks so they're bare).  I gave some stems away to neighbours and friends to dry for their kitchens but the rest ended up on the compost heap as there was so much.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Cheers guys that’s a massive help 😁
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