- BOTANICAL NAME: Prunus laurocerasus
- COMMON NAME: Cherrylaurel
- FAMILY: Rosaceae
- NATIVITY: Southeastern Europe, Asia Minor
- GROWTH HABIT: Wide-spreading dense shrub, sometimes a small tree.
- SIZE: 10' - 18' tall; can spread to 25'
- HARDINESS: Zone 6-8
- CULTURE: Can be planted in full sun, but grows best in part sun to shade. Moist, well-drained soil; does poorly in wet areas. Tolerates pruning well.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Effective in groupings or as a hedge; useful in shady areas. Attractive to birds.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong, slightly serrate, 2-6" long, leathery, lustrous dark green above, pale green beneath. 2-4 glands present below (along midvein) or above (near base of leaf).
- FLOWERS: Strongly fragrant. Large, upright clusters of 1/4" to 1/3" white blossoms on 2-5" racemes.
- BARK: Green; cherry-like aroma when bruised.
- FRUIT: Small, purple-black drupe; concial-round; ripens in summer.
- PROPAGATION: Seed or cuttings.
- PESTS: Various insects damage foliage; susceptible to shot-hole disease; root rot can be a problem in poorly-drained soils.
- CULTIVARS: Species is rare in cultivation. Compact cultivars are popular landscape specimens.