Bay Laurel
(Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)

The Bay Tree external link aromatic evergreen native to Mediterranean
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The Trunk
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:31:10 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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The bay trees successfully shade out all competition. Here near its thick trunk hardly any other plants can grow.


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By Path
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:31:20 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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This bay laurel grew near the path so light allowed other plants to grow. Notice how dark the grove of bay laurels appeared behind it.


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The Leaves
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:31:38 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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The leaves of the bay laurel are typically are 2 to 4 inches (6 to 12 cm) long and 0.5 to 1.5 inches (2 to 4 cm) broad. The edges of the leaves begin smooth, but serrate and wrinkle as they mature.


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Leaves Intermingle
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:31:44 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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Because the bay laurel grows in tight groves, the leaves of one tree will intermingle with the leaves of a neighboring tree.


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Soup
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:32:22 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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Bay Laurel is the source of the bay leaves, which are used for their flavor in cooking. The spicy aromatic leaves can be used to season soups and stews. But note that the wild leaves are four to five times as potent than commercial sources.


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Resting on Laurels
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:32:26 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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The laurel wreath external link of ancient Greece was made by interlocking the leaves and branches of the bay laurel tree. The laurel wreath was the source of the expression, to rest on one's laurels.


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A Grove Of Trees
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:32:58 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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Bay laurel trees grow in tight groves and create so much shade they can drive out other grown covering plants.


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Tall Trees
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:33:00 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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The bay laurel can grow to heights of 30 to 60 feet (10 to 18 meters). They are native to the Mediterranean region, but easily grow anywhere with a similar climate, such as in the California Bay Area.


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Three Trunks
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:33:02 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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This individual bay laurel tree had three trunks growing from a single trunk at ground level.


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Moss Grew Up High
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:33:04 Saturday 12 June 2010)
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Moss grew on this particular grove of bay laurel trees. The moss coverage was most severe near the tops of the trees.


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Detail Of Trunk
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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae)
Self-Guided Tour marker #5
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
Tilden Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November 2010)
(Photo taken 14:33:26 Saturday 12 June 2010)
© 2010 Bryan Costales
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The trunk of the bay laurel tree was roughly textured. Bay laurel trees had few horizontal branches so did not appear easy to climb.


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