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Need fresh bay leaves

Posted by KatyaKatya 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 11:29

Dear fellow gardeners, I am going to post this in several forums, so excuse me if you see it many times. I am looking for somebody who has a bay laurel tree (Laurus nobilis, of the plant family Lauraceae, also known as sweet bay), big and strong enough to spare a few branches for me. I am in search of fresh leaves, not dry ones, and I need more of them than I could afford if I buy fresh ones ( where fresh ones are available, it is going to be a few sprigs in a small plastic case at a prohibitive price). Also, my use for them is not a food use, so I don’t care if the tree is growing next to a highway etc. I am ready to pay reasonably for them (or could swap? What are you looking for?). I am willing to drive a couple of hours to get them. I know that in a mild climate, bay trees grow very well, so they should exist not far to the South from me. I am in Johnson City TN and bay trees do not perform well here. I need the leaves around the last week of April, so there is still time. Thank you very much for your patience, I know it all sounds weird but gardeners are used to everything. I will be checking for replies. Katya.


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RE: Need fresh bay leaves

I'm intrigued as to what you are going to do with them, Katya. I am afraid I am too far away to help, though. A few weeks back I watched an arborist feeding bay branches into his chipper. They grow huge here.

Here is a link that might be useful: My neighbour's bay tree.


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RE: Need fresh bay leaves

I'd like to know the purpose too! It's sad to leave us hanging... Only thing I can think of is maybe to make a wreath like the Greeks or Romans wore on their heads?.... but Halloween is a long way off...........

Suzi


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