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Bay is known by a variety of common names: Sweet Bay, Bay Tree, True Laurel, Grecian Laurel, Laurel Tree, or simply Laurel. Bay is native to the Mediterranean region, and an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, often with a wrinkled margin. Creamy-yellow flowers clusters appear in spring, followed by a pair of small green fruits on each leaf stalk.
Bay can vary greatly in size and height, sometimes reaching 10m tall, although they do take well to being clipped to shape, and will be very happy in a container if kept well fed. Preferring light, free-draining soil and a sunny sheltered position, Bay are frost hardy, with young plants needing protection in winter.
The leaves of the Laurus nobilis are ideal for flavouring, marinades, casseroles and stews, the leaves can be used fresh or can be dried. Although the plant is relatively slow growing, no herb garden is complete without a bay tree.
Our potted Bay herb plants are generally availiable to buy online all year round.