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Prunus laurocerasusPrunus laurocerasus

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Prunus laurocerasus
    PRUN-us lar-o-ser-A-sus
  • 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.