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Frost has killed this down to the ground in my Cotswold garden for the last two winters. However last summer it sent up a new shoot so it was worth waiting before replacing it.
You're right - bay laurel is known for being pretty quick to recover from frost damage. For specimens that are badly damaged, simply cut the whole thing down to about 15cm above ground, and it will send up new shoots in spring.
A resilient plant - very handy in our unpredictable climes!
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Hey, how about that! Mid June, and I kept my nerve, and now have some microscopic shoots coming from the base. It is now back in a container by the back door where I can keep my eye on it!