The Bay leaf tree can be a special addition to your garden. This evergreen tree originated from the Mediterranean and is considered an herb. The medium sized, glossy, green leaves are used for flavouring soups and stews and also repel weevils! Fresh bay leaves have a bitter taste, therefore leaves should be left to dry for about 72 hours before use.
The Bay tree prefers rich, well-drained soil that has a sunny exposure and can grow to a height of 7.5 m or more. It is however, also suitable for container planting and makes a beautiful topiary tree if trimmed regularly. The tree is a slow grower that produces small, yellow flowers in spring that develop into purple berries during autumn.
Bay trees are easy to grow and maintain. The aromatic leaves have many culinary uses and with a little pruning and care, your tree will last for years.