- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any moist, well-drained soil, including chalky
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A smaller version of the bull bay, this evergreen shrub is ideal for smaller gardens- or for training against a courtyard wall. It has an upright habit and throughout the year, the branches are clothed with 12cm long dark green leaves that have a furry, rusty orange underside. This becomes quite an attractive feature as the tree matures and is viewed from beneath. It's when the creamy white late summer flowers appear however that these impressive plants are at their best.
- Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in spring. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of compost to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure or leafmould, especially on dry soils.