Plant Care: How to Grow Bay Leaf

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

Self-Fertile
No, Requires 2+ Trees

Growth Rate
Slow

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

Propagation