LAUREL

FLOWERING SHRUB. Though it is a flowering shrub its creamy, fluffy blossom is insignificant and the shrub is mostly grown as a hedge or windscreen because of the density of the foliage. There are various varieties, of which the cherry laurel and the Portugal laurel are best known, the former eventually reaching 20 ft. and at least as much through if left unpruned. Laurus nobilis is the familiar bay laurel or sweet bay of classical times. It is not fully hardy but is otherwise easy to grow, especially in a tub or pot, in which case it should be moved to a sheltered position or to the greenhouse in autumn. Laurels generally may be increased by autumn cuttings of firm young shoots.

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