Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Bay, Laurus nobilis, Labhras
Photographs: Kinsale, Co. Cork

Laurus nobilis
Family: Lauraceae

Evergreen shrub or small tree. Garden escape.

Small yellow flowers in spring are followed by small black berries on female plants in autumn and un-pruned plants produce seed freely. The aromatic evergreen leaves are wavy-edged but can be susceptible to frost damage. Height to over 6m

Most frequently recorded as a bird-sown garden escape or throw-out from cultivation in coastal areas of the south and south-east of Ireland

Bay, Laurus nobilis, Labhras
Bay, Laurus nobilis, Labhras

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