Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel), an evergreen shrub is a great all year rounder. An elegant, densely branched shrub, ideal for hedging or topiary. Glossy, serrated leaves provide a great backdrop for the tiny, cup-shaped, creamy aromatic white flowers which appear in upright clusters, and bloom from the leaf axils from April-May. Flowers give way to black drupes that ripen from late summer, providing Autumn interest. This fruit is inedible for humans (bitter aftertaste) but is loved by birds. The genus name from Latin means plum or cherry tree. A very good plant for a low windbreak. Its leaves are smaller than the Laurel’s and the plant in general looks very tidy. Relatively fast growing, it can be trimmed or shaped to any form (it will of course flower less if heavily pruned). Its pinkish stems contrast well with the green foliage no matter the season. It starts to flower at the age of 3-4.
|Flower||White - April to May|
|Position||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand / Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
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|Origin||SE and SW Europe|
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