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Red Bay, Sweet Bay, Silk Bay, Red Bay Persea, Laurel Tree
Persea borbonia var. borbonia


Red bay is a small evergreen understory tree that grows along streams and in woods and swamps in southeast Texas. There is also an isolated population in central Texas. It has attractive medium green foliage, good oval to rounded form, and resistance to pests and diseases. The fragrant foliage (bay leaves) is used to flavor soups and stews.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: creamy white

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: dark blue to black drupe, 1/2 in. long

Height: to 25 ft.

Width: to 25 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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