Portuguese laurel

Prunus lusitanica

Portuguese laurel - Prunus lusitanica

Common Name: Portuguese laurel
Genus: Prunus
Species: lusitanica

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Makes a good hedge, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 20.00 m (2000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Any sun level or shadeSpread: 20.00 m (2000 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: lovely leaves with bright carmine red stalks
  • To find out more about how to plant a hedge click here

    A lovely large evergreen shrub that has dark green leaves with red stalks. Small white, slightly fragrant flowers are borne on long racemes in early summer and often followed by small red fruit which eventually turn dark purple. The fruit is harmful if eaten. Portugal laurel is an excellent hedging plant and it can even tolerate chalky soils.

  • Garden care: When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in either spring or summer. Mature plants can tolerate hard pruning in spring, cutting back to the old wood.

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