The Laurus nobilis is the true bay leaf tree from the Mediterranean. It's a small, pyramid-shaped tree or shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves. In the U.S., the similar Umbellularia californica from Californiais often sold in place of true bay. The two resemble each other in appearance and taste, but the genuine Laurus nobilis is superior with its milder, spicy flavor. You can distinguish the two by the length and shape of their leaves: Umbellularia californica has long, slender leaves while the Laurus nobilis has broader, slightly wavy leaves.
Average mature height: 60 feet
Light: Full sun to part sun
Soil: Keep moist but, not soggy
Size. Our plants ship in 3-inch-deep pots when they are 2.5-6 inches tall so they can grow to maturity under your green thumb.