£22.50 – £105.00
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Gift Wrap (£2.75)
Height (when grown)
Most soils, Well-drained
Sheltered, Some Protection
Hardy (Cold winter)
Flowering in May
Often called Sweet Bay, the Bay Tree is an evergreen that is grown for its aromatic glossy green leaves and has insignificant yellow flowers and black fruit. Highly prized in cooking. Easy to care for and frost hardy, it needs some protection from extreme cold and wind in our winter climate. Position in sun or semi-shade and in fertile, well-drained soil. Weed and mulch in spring to give a health boost. General pruning in spring and autumn although you can do a tidy-up prune in summer if planted in pots or planters.
Throughout history, the bay has been honoured and revered for its aromatic properties and mystical origins.
Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales:
Both the Greeks and Romans believed the bay would bring health and happiness. Bays were often planted outside a house to protect the inhabitants and leaves were carried to ward off evil spirits. As an evergreen, the bay was seen to represent eternity and immortality.
It has romantic associations and is often given as a Wedding or Valentine’s gift. ‘To ensure love will last, the couple should break off a twig and break it in two, each keeping a half.
It was also used as a Love Oracle in days gone by. On Valentine’s Day, a girl would place five bay leaves under her pillow and repeat the following lines.
“Sweet guardian angels, let me have
What I most earnestly do crave-
A Valentine imbued with love,
Who will both true and constant prove.”
The tree is watered before being carefully packed by one of our experienced staff on site. It comes in a cardboard box lined with straw. (We try to use as much recycling material as possible) The box is addressed to the customer or a specified name and address and sent out overnight delivery to arrive on requested dates.
Please note the size of the tree that you are ordering, as our trees are provided for our clients to plant themselves, which may appear at a small size rather than the fully grown tree as shown in the photos.
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