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PRUNUS lusitanica

Commonly known as Portugal laurel


Long racemes of scented white flowers
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  • Evergreen - glossy, ovate to elliptic, dark- green, red-stalked leaves to 12cm (5in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 20m (66ft)
  • Spread - 20m (66ft)
  • Hedge - Ideal for hedging
  • Tall Shrub - dense, bushy shrub. Produces flowers 1.5cm (½in) across in slender ascending, spreading or pendent racemes to 25cm (10in) long in early summer followed by ovoid, cherry-like red fruit 1cm (½in) across, ripening to black.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
  • Good to know - wildlife plant - insects, birds.
  • Pests & Diseases - generally trouble-free
  • Place of origin - southwestern Europe
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Serrulate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Ovate
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - moderately fertile.
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
20m (66ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  20m (66ft)

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