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Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel) Guild?

 
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Picking up a bay laurel tree and curious what would you guys recommend for a guild? It's supposed to be tolerant of different kinds of soils, but susceptible to scale and aphids.
 
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Since bay Laurel smells good maybe put it with rosemary and some other herbs.
 
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Are you planning for the bay tree to be the overstory?

My current sad little tree in Hamburg is now about two feet tall, from one foot tall.  I want to keep it as a small shrub, so should it ever look other than sickly I'll keep it hard pruned.  I just planted some hostas around it to protect it from encroaching grass.  Otherwise it's in partial shade from hazelnuts and there are a number of raspberries in the area.

My experience in Seattle was that, height-uncontrolled, it became a tall handsome tree.  It would prefer to be bush-shaped, and it will sucker madly, so if you want to plant underneath it you should expect to prune it into shape, which it accepts easily.  It throws a really deep shade, though.  So maybe it would be better as an understory tree or bush layer.  Also, YMMV, but there are only so many bay leaves I can cook with in a lifetime.  I have heard that Penzey's Spices uses bay leaves as packing material, so that's another fine use.  Are there other functions you're expecting to get from it?
 
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