Q Is this a bay tree and are the leaves ed­i­ble? ERICA ELMES, BY EMAIL

Garden Answers (UK) - - Problems Solved -

A Your shrub is a com­mon bay (Lau­rus no­bilis) and the leaves are safe to pick for cook­ing. Prune it in spring/sum­mer as nec­es­sary to keep it com­pact, us­ing the leaves fresh or dried.

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