Bay Leaf, Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

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The bay leaf, from the plant known scientifically as Laurus nobilis, is an aromatic leaf commonly used as a herb in cooking. Originating from the Mediterranean region, the bay tree is an evergreen that can grow up to 10-30 feet in height in the right conditions. Its leaves are glossy and oval with a pointed tip, usually measuring 2 to 4 inches in length. The leathery leaves have a dark green hue and are highly fragrant, releasing a woodsy, floral, and slightly minty aroma when crushed or cooked.

Aside from culinary uses, the bay leaf has a storied history, often associated with triumph and honor; in ancient Greece and Rome, bay leaves were woven into wreaths to crown the victors of games and heroes of battle. In the kitchen, bay leaves are used to flavor soups, stews, braises, and pâtés in Mediterranean cuisine. The leaves are typically removed from the dish before serving, as they can be sharp and difficult to digest if left whole.

The bay tree also produces small yellow flowers in the spring, followed by berries in the fall. The plant prefers full sun or partial shade and thrives in well-drained soils. It is often grown in kitchen gardens and can be cultivated in pots for those who wish to keep it indoors or in climates less like its native warm and humid Mediterranean environment.

Plant Type:
Evergreen Shrub, Small Tree 

Harvest Season:
Leaves can be harvested year round. Bay Leaf blooms throughout Spring and Summer.

Foliage is best harvested in the morning when it is most fragrant. Prune annually for the best growth and production.  Pruning is best done when the tree is not actively growing to maximize growth but to maximize flavor, harvest leaves in the mid summer.

Mature Size:
10–60 ft tall, 5–20 ft wide; container or in-ground plants are easily kept pruned to 4–6 ft

Soil & Moisture: 
Well-draining, rich, moist soil.

Although it prefers well-drained soil and regular moisture, it is fairly tolerant of most conditions but doesn't like to dry out completely. In its native areas it grows amid damp rocky ravines, thickets and old walls.

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

In cooler climates, Bay Leaf can be acclimated to thrive in full sun, but in warmer climates they may benefit from part shade.

Self-Fertile:
No. Laurus nobilis is dioecious, meaning that the tree is not self-pollinating. You will need both a male and a female plant to get more than leaves and flowers.

Growth Rate: 
Slow, Medium

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 7-10; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Can be grown as a long-lived houseplant or outdoor container plant in cold climates. Indoor plants can be moved outdoors in the spring and back inside in the fall when temperatures are consistently above freezing. If kept in a cool room (35-60˚F), the tree will stay dormant and does not need much light and very little water (just enough to keep the soil barely moist). In a warmer room provide regular watering like any houseplant and as much sun as possible. 

Propagation:
Our Bay Leaf is grown from seed and is capable of harvest within one growing season.

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    Vivian
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Very hardy

    I placed my seedling in a sunny area and it hasn't had any issues. It's very healthy! Other small saplings (not bay laurels) I've accidentally sunburnt due to not acclimating them properly, so it was a relief the bay laurel is so hardy.

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    Juanita A.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    A good purcahse

    plants came in perfect package, all in good health & beautiful! I was very pleased with this purchase>

  • JA
    Juanita A.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    A good purchase

    plants came in perfect package, all in good health & beautiful! I was very pleased with this purchase>

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