Originally from the Mediterranean basin, bay leaf laurel is a pyramid-shaped small tree or large shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves and shiny gray bark. In the wild it can reach 60' tall, but in South Florida landscape cultivation is seldom taller than 10'. The elliptical leaves are dark emerald green and rather thick and leathery, with a pronounced sweet fragrance. Clusters of small yellow flowers are produced in spring, followed, on the female plants, by small, shiny, black or purple berries.
Bay leaves are commonly used as a culinary addition to meats, fish, stews, soups, pasta sauces, and countless other recipes from around the world. The leaves are typically removed before serving the dish because even when cooked the leaves are sharp enough to damage internal organs while being digested. Bay leaves are best used freshly picked. Be sure to wash them thoroughly before using.
An understory native of rocky slopes around the Mediterranean, bay is best adapted to well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Bay does not thrive in overly wet or excessively dry soil. It does very well in containers; a blend of one-half cactus mix and one-half potting soil works well; make sure containers are watered regularly but not overly saturated.
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