| 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
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