Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanica

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanica, also known as Portuguese laurel or Portugal laurel, is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree. It has long, shiny, dark green leaves on dark red stems. Small, white flowers are borne on long racemes in early summer, popular with bees and other pollinators. These are followed by small red-purple fruits, which are attractive to birds. Prunus lusitanica is often grown as a dense, evergreen hedge. It holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Prunus lusitanica is a low maintenance, drought-tolerant plant, suitable for growing in a range of soils and situations – ideally, grow it in moist but well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade, sheltered from cold winds. Prune established plants in late spring or early summer to keep them looking tidy or to keep them to a certain size.

Buy and plant Prunus lusitanica as a pot-grown plant all year round, or as bare-root plants during the dormant season (November to March). It grows at a rate of between 30cm-50cm a year. The foliage and berries are harmful if ingested. Wear gloves when handling and wash your hands afterwards.

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How to grow Prunus lusitanica

  • Plant size

    15m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Prunus lusitanica and wildlife

Prunus lusitanica is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Prunus lusitanica poisonous?

Prunus lusitanica is harmful if ingested. Its foilage and fruit are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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