Bay Leaf, Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

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Bay Leaf, also known as Bay Laurel or Sweet Bay, is a semi-tropical evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean. Bay Leaves are well-regarded as a cooking herb because of their excellent aroma and flavor.  Medicinally, Bay Leaves provide a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron.

Plant Type
Evergreen Tree, Shrub, Herb

Harvest Season

Leaves: Year-Round.
Most fragrant in the morning.

Blooms: Spring - Summer.

Mature Size
Up to 60 ft. 
But can be pruned to maintain a mature height of 4-6 ft. in a pot.

Soil & Moisture
Well-draining, slightly acidic

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

No, Requires 2+ Trees

Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 8+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


How to Grow Bay Leaf

Plant Type:  Evergreen Tree, Shrub, Herb

Harvest Season: Harvest leaves year-round. Leaves are most fragrant in the morning. Blooms Spring - Summer.

Mature Size: Can reach as tall as 60 ft. in the wild but can be pruned to maintain a mature height of 4-6 ft. in a pot.

Soil & Moisture: Well-draining, slightly acidic

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 8+ Sensitive to frost, keep indoors over Winter.