Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus lusitanica, commonly known as Portuguese laurel, is an evergreen shrub or small tree, native to Portugal and western Spain. It has a good rounded habit.

One of the distinguishing features of the Portuguese laurel is its profusion of small white flowers that bloom in 12-15cm long racemes in early summer. These fragrant blossoms attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Following the flowering period, the tree produces small green oval fruits that turn red-dark purple as they mature. These aren’t typically consumed by humans.

Very often used as hedging thanks to its dense growth habit and foliage. Also acts as excellent screening and windbreak. Make sure to protect from frost and cold winds as the Portuguese Laurel isn’t fully hardy. Does best in climates that have warmer winters.

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Size

Small

6m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for large gardens and housing estates.

Canopy

Dense branching and round crown.

Foliage

Leathery leaves that are oval to elongated in shape around 6-12cm long and slightly serrated.

Flowers

In early summer, erect racemes with small cream fragrant flowers appear.

Fruit

Small green oval fruits that turn red to dark purple.

Resilience

Likes moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Will thrive in fertile soil, and even on poor chalky soils. Wind resistant, even against sea wind, however will need to be protected against cold dry wind and frost. Once established, it exhibits good drought tolerance.

Available As:

Multi-stem

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