It is of the laurel family, but is as hardy as the long-lived olive-tree.
In the Flora of tropical Asia a very important position is occupied by the laurel family.
Red Bay (Persea borbonia) is a southern member of the laurel family, and close akin to sassafras and the California laurel.
It belongs to the laurel family, and is the only member of it which produces eatable fruit.
In the damp places of Southern woods the spice berries of the laurel family are shining in small clusters.