California Bay Tree
I just returned from a visit to Northern California. When I lived there, I fell in love with the California Bay Tree. The leaves have a fresh, spicy scent with a little hint of evergreen. It is a lovely tree. I use the infused leaves in two of my products, Bay Brandy Aftersplash and Walk in the Woods Spritzer.
The nuts of this tree are edible and are usually roasted. They taste similar to, but not as strong as, coffee beans.