Yes, Laurus nobilis (culinary bay) grows OK here in 8a. It
gets nipped by freezes, but is growing steadily & provides
enough leaves for cooking.
I'm not sure whether it would do well as far south as you are
-- Dirr's book reports zones 8b to 9 on the East Coast of the
US. It is native to the Mediterranean region, and it might be
bothered by the high heat & humidity I assume you have in 10b.
Why not give it a try?
Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a)
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Yes, I have two in the ground in USDA Zone 8b and they flourish. They are going
to flower this year.
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i live in a similar zone to you maybe 11+ but we get frosts in winter
only a 4 month winter period though.
anyway i planted this little bayleaf tree and every winter i for the
first 2 years i would protect it from frost and it just struggled
along last year i left it uncovered it grew like crazy the frost did
no damage at all.
like the others say go for it mine gets full sun and is mulched
regularly, and lives on rainwater alone we get around 1100mm of rain
'it works for me it could work for you,'
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