Q. I have seen bay laurel trees grown outdoors in parts of Texas. What is their Hardiness Zone? I have one that my mom raised from a 4-inch pot. She would have been 100 on the day that I’m writing this, and the plant (still in a pot) is getting large. I’d like to plant it outside if I can.
A. Bay laurel (Laurusnobilis) is winter-hardy to Zone 8. That means that it’s vulnerable to temperatures into the low teens, but I’d have protection available for it anytime it drops below 20. Gardeners in cooler parts of the Hill Country would want to continue to grow it in containers. If possible, maybe wait until spring, so it will have a full growing season to become acclimated.