Bay (Laurus nobilis) is a wonderful herb for cooking and herb tea but also makes a great ornamental plant. This is mine and may be a champion size for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It easy to grow in full sun or partial shade.
Logan, Hannah and the big bay
The latest photo of the my bay.
Tender evergreen shrub – Sun / Part Shade
Ht. 50’ in warmer climates, under 8’ in northern part of state
Spread 5-20’ Spacing 5-10’
HABIT: Upright evergreen with small creamy flowers in late spring followed by shiny black berries. Needs some protection against harsh winter winds in the northern half of Texas.
CULTURE: Easy to grow in almost any situation. Does well in pots or in beds.
USES: Flavoring for many foods and teas. Container plant. Potpourri, wreaths, fruit oil is used in making soap. Cut foliage is good for indoor arrangements.
PROBLEMS: Few other than freeze damage in severe winters.
HARVEST: Collect the evergreen leaves year round and use fresh or store the dried leaves in glass containers.
NOTES: Mine has been outdoors for over 20 years and is over 20’ tall. The first several years it was in a pot outdoors. This is a great example of a plant's increased hardiness under an organic program.