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Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

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Also known as

Common Laurel, Laurel Cherry, Versailles Laurel, Common Cherry Laurel

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Cherry Laurel Overview

Prunus laurocerasus is a large, evergreen shrub in the Rosaceae family. It grows vigorously and has a spreading habit, producing glossy green leaves measuring up to 15cm long. Also commonly known by the names Cherry Laurel, English Laurel, Common Laurel and Laurel Cherry, amongst others. Flowers are small, white and arranged densely on raceme structures. A raceme is a triangular-shaped, unbranched inflorescence where flowers are attached by equal length stalks, the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. Racemes measure around 12cm in length and the flowers lead onto shiny, cherry-like fruits. The fruits are red during development, ripening to black. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

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Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

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