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Laurus nobilis - Flemish bay tree / laurel tree

  • Laurus nobilis, triumphOpen or Close

    Noble Bay, laurel of triumph and honour.

    The common bay tree, full of symbolism, looks beautiful standing next to doors or entrances.
    It should be part of every celebration or farewell between family and friends.

    Its evergreen leaves make the bay tree a symbol of eternal love.
    Laurel is worn by some as an amulet to keep away negativism and evil.

    To ensure each other’s eternal love, you should break off a bay tree branch together and each keep half of it.

    Both in Greece, in ancient Rome and still nowadays, laurel symbolises a winner.

    Laurus nobilis makes an ideal pot plant.

    Laurus nobilis
  • Vlaamse Laurier Vlaamse LaurierBGA-label Vlaamse Laurier

    A regional European product

    Laurus Nobilis, Vlaamse Laurier officieelOnly bay trees from this traditional cultivation area have this label. This bay tree is of an excellent quality gained by many years of specialised cultivation and pruning.

    There has been a tradition of bay cultivation in Flanders since the 16th century, and it is not only the technical expertise that has been passed down, but also the outstanding genetic material. More than 500 years later, the bay is still a luxury product and since 2015 it has had the status of a European 'protected geographic indication'. After the Ghent azalea, which gained this status in 2010, the Flemish bay is the second non-edible Flemish product to receive such European recognition.

    At least five centuries of tradition

    The earliest mentions of Flemish bay cultivation date from the 16th century. Rembert Dodoens' Cruydeboeck (herbal) made mention of the distinctly hardy bay as early as 1554. The bay from the area around Bruges was also mentioned for its winter hardiness in Mathiass De Lobel's 1581 Kruydtboeck, which also discussed the cutting method in detail. In the 19th century the Laurus nobilis was exceptionally popular and the first family-run bay-growing businesses appeared. As from the 1950 exports also increased.

    The secret of the Flemish bay


    The Flemish bay is a perfectly pruned bay tree with a flawless stem and fine green leaves; it must be at least 5 years old and grown in a pot. By using the successive cutting method, the progeny are always identical. Repeated pruning results in a symmetrical shape. The most common shapes are pyramids, spheres and pillars.

    The Flemish bay in the leading role, from palace to World Cup | The renowned Flemish bay has customers both in Belgium and abroad.

    Etiket-Vlaamse-Laurier
  • Muse Thalia, Laurus n. 'Angustifolia' Open or Close

    Vlaamse LaurierNoble Bay, laurel of triumph and honour.

    The common bay tree, full of symbolism, looks beautiful standing next to doors or entrances.
    It should be part of every celebration or farewell between family and friends.

    Its evergreen leaves make the bay tree a symbol of eternal love.
    Laurel is worn by some as an amulet to keep away negativism and evil.

    To ensure each other’s eternal love, you should break off a bay tree branch together and each keep half of it.

    Both in Greece, in ancient Rome and still nowadays, laurel symbolises a winner.

    Laurus nobilis makes an ideal pot plant.


    Laurus nobilis 'Angustifolia'

  • Muse Polyhymnia, L. n. 'Bay Junior' . Open or Close

    Vlaamse LaurierTopiary Bay, laurel of peace and love.

    ‘Bay Junior’ grows more slowly with a smaller leaf, but produces a very full, dense foliage. 
    It’s an ideal variety for more delicate topiary shape pruning. An elegant bay tree with the same qualities and characteristics as the Laurus nobilis.

    Contemporary and timeless, shape pruning is still an essential part of everyone’s garden. 
    From Topiary to Bonsai, the ‘Bay Junior’ lends itself to many shapes.

    Even if you let it grow freely, this plant will not disappoint you. 
    This bay tree is a compact model and, should a branch grow the wrong way, you can easily cut it away.

    Laurus nobilis 'Bay Junior'
  • Muse Urania, Laurus n. 'Aurea'.

    Vlaamse LaurierGolden Bay, laurel of eternity and vigour.

    ‘Aurea’, the Golden Bay… All that glitters is not gold.
    This yellow-leaved bay tree will also seduce you in full summer sun.
    Even though it turns greener again in winter or in the shade, it will display its full colour in the summer sunlight…

    This variety has a slightly more capricious way of growing than the common Laurus nobilis, but this is precisely what gives the ‘Aurea’ its extra charm.
    The golden laurel is at its best on a sunny day under a clear blue sky…

    Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'
  • CareOpen or Close

    This terrace plant has been cultivated in Flanders, Belguim, since the 17th century. Only
    bay trees from this traditional cultivation area have this label. This bay tree is of an excellent
    quality gained by many years of specialised cultivation and prunning.

    Use: Perfect as terrace plant, on the patio, the balcony, in the garden or at
    the entrance hall.

    Yearly care from April up to and including October (growing period).
    Position: Outside in the sun or in a semi shaded place.
    Put inside at night to avoid spring frost.
    Water: Regularly, keep the soil moist.
    Feeding: Fertilize regularly.
    Pruning: Shorten long branches at the end of June just above the leaf axil.

    Yearly care from November up to and including March (rest period).
    Position: Cool and frost free (can be kept in full shade).
    Water: Occasionally, do not allow soil to dry out.
    Feeding: Do not fertilize.
    Pruning: Cut back hard with pruning shears.

    Repotting: Every 2 to 4 years in March, August or September.
    Use a general potting compost.

    Etiket-Vlaamse-Laurier
  • ‘Neither witch nor devil, thunder nor lightning, will hurt a man where a bay tree grows.’ (Culpeper).