Bay Tree (Bay Laurel)
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Best known as a seasoning, bay laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that is native to the Mediterranean area. Although bay can grow into a tall tree, it is often kept smaller by pruning or by confining it in a container. Because bay is a very slow grower, it can be grown as an ornamental and it is even more suited to growing in a pot. It has attractive foliage and can easily be pruned and sheared into topiary shapes. In the spring, sweet bay has small yellow flowers which develop into purple berries in the fall.
Botanical Name Laurus nobilis
Common Name Bay Tree, Bay Laurel, Laurel Tree, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Laurel
Plant Type Evergreen shrub
Mature Size Un-pruned, up to 60 feet tall
Sun Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type Well-draining; not too particular about the type
Soil pH 4.5 to 8.3
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Flower Color Pale yellow
Hardiness Zones 8 to 10
Native Area Mediterranean
How to Grow Bay Laurel
Bay laurels are versatile plants that can thrive indoors and out. They make attractive houseplants but they will benefit from some summer sun. The leaves will produce the best flavor if the plant is given full sun for a portion of the year.
Bay laurel is used in stews, soups, tomato sauces, on fish and pretty much anywhere you want a subtle, earthy flavor. Bay is also a traditional component of the French bouquet garnish herbs. The dark green leaves are very fragrant, especially when dried. As a seasoning, dried leaves are broken or crumbled into cooking foods and allowed to permeate the dish. The leaves don’t soften much in cooking and are removed before eating. The leaves are also used to make wreaths and garlands.
If you grow your bay tree indoors, keep it near a sunny window for the winter. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from appliances. Outdoor plants require full sun to partial shade. In areas with hot, dry summers, some afternoon shade is ideal.