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Bay

Laurus nobilis

A culinary classic, bay's glossy green foliage is a flavor favorite in soups, stews, and meat dishes. Bay only survives to 25 degrees, so it's commonly grown in containers, sounding a steady evergreen note on patios during the growing season and gracing sunny interior windows after frost. In the landscape, established trees are fuss-free and drought tolerant. Potted bay is susceptible to scale insects; hand-pick any offenders. Protect potted bay from intense sunlight in hottest zones. If you love to cook, keep dried leaves on hand; they're an essential herb for bouquet garni.

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Under 6 inches to 20 feet or more

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15-20 feet wide as a perennial; 1-2 feet wide as an annual

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8-11

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'Undulata' bay laurel
'Undulata' bay laurel
Laurus nobilis 'Undulata' has wavy leaf margins, providing extra ornamental value. It is at least as hardy as the species and can be used as a culinary herb in the same manner. Zones 8-11
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