Species: Bay (Laurus nobilis)

Family: Laurels (LAURACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Laurels (LAURACEAE)

The laurels are tough plants, with leathery leaves, many being aromatic evergreens, but some are deciduous.

C. Bay (Laurus nobilis)

The bay leaves used in cooking come from this tree. The small yellow flowers appear in April or May and are followed on female plants by black berries.

Insects tend to be repelled by the smell of this shrub, although the Honey Bee is thought to tolerate it when its essential oils are used to deter the varroa parasite in bee hives.

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Bay

Bays are tough plants, with leathery leaves, many being aromatic evergreens.

Bay

The Bay is a type of laurel. Some are deciduous.

Bay

The bay leaves used in cooking come from this tree. The small yellow flowers appear in April or May and are followed on female plants by black berries.

Bay

The black berries of a female Bay tree. These berries are small fruits, usually about 1 cm long. They contain a single seed.