I have a bay leaf tree that is over 25 years old. I had another but I killed it this year, well, mother nature killed it. She got too wet for too long last fall and got the root rot and died. I was devastated. I’d already killed a 6 year old rosemary bush.
When I noticed my bay leaf tree had turned this color I knew there was trouble. I tried to save her but after weeks in my living room looking like nothing so much as a coat tree (I’d cut off the dead branches) I let her go to that great stew pot in the sky.