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Bay Leaf Tree

Botanical name: Laurus nobilis

A bay leaf tree is an evergreen tree with aromatic leaves that are used to flavor food. The bay tree is native to the Mediterranean region and is also found in other parts of the world, including the United States. The leaves of the bay tree can be used fresh or dried.

A small bay leaf tree in a pot.

A bay leaf tree is a popular choice for many home herb gardens. They are easy to care for and provide a lovely addition to any landscape.

The bay leaf tree, also known as the sweet bay laurel tree, is an evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 20-40 meters. However, it is easy to keep as a small tree through regular pruning, or growing in a container.

The leaves are pointed and have a glossy, dark green color. The tree is native to the Mediterranean region and is often used as an ornamental tree in gardens.

Bay laurel basics


Full sun to partial shade.


Prefers well-drained rich soils.


Moderately hardy.
USDA zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11


Water moderately.


Harvest leaves year-round
from two years after planting


Up to 40 feet/ 12m in height

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