Seize the Bay!
1) Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
- From the Mediterranean region
- A plant of great cultural significance (culinary uses, literary references, etc.)
- Marginally hardy in the Washington Park Arboretum, located in the Mediterranean Bed (grid 21-3E)
2) California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica)
- Native to the Pacific Coast, Oregon through California
- Crushed leaves have intense odor
- Re-seeds freely in the Washington Park Arboretum
- Located near the Mediterranean Bed (grid 20-3E)
3) Redbay (Persea borbonia)
- A relative of the avocado, native to southeastern U.S.
- Used as an emetic (vomit inducer) by indigenous people
- Located in the the Camellia Collection near the Reebs memorial bench (grid 11-4E)
4) Rosebay (Rhododendron maximum)
- Native to eastern U.S.
- Used in the early days of Rhododendron hybridizing to develop hardy hybrids
- Growing steadily in the Rhododendron Seedling Bed (grid 22-1E)
5) Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana)
- Eastern U.S. native
- Typically evergreen in Seattle, but can be deciduous, semi-deciduous, or evergreen depending on climate
- Located in the Magnolia Collection (grid 28-3E)