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Prunus lusitanica

Portugal laurel

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

Like its close relative the cherry laurel, this species from Spain and Portugal is usually planted to make a large hedge, screen or windbreak. It is a very beautiful shrub in its own right though, eventually making a large shapely tree if allowed to grow naturally. The leaves are an attractive shade of green, reddish when young and on red stalks, while the white flowers in early summer smell sweetly of hawthorn. It is hardier and more versatile even than cherry laurel, and withstands clipping into formal shapes. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: lusitanica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 1500cm

Flowering period: June to June

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