Bay Laurel

Best known as a seasoning, Bay Laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that is native to the Mediterranean area. Although a 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, Bay has small yellow flowers which develop into purple berries in the fall.  Frequent pruning will mean fewer flowers and berries.

Botanical Name Laurus nobilis
Common Name Bay Tree, Bay Laurel, Laurel Tree, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Laurel
Plant Type Evergreen shrub
Mature Size Unpruned, 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