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Portugal Laurel

Prunus lusitanica

Also known as

Cherry Bay, Portuguese Laurel Cherry

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

15m

12m

Min

8m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Portugal Laurel Overview

This is a beautiful flowering evergreen, mainly grown for its attractive foliage. It is an adaptable tree which can be used as a small tree or trained into a large shrub. They will withstands the suns heat and wind. The fruit is red turning purple, readily eaten by the birds. The flowers are small, white and in clusters about 10 inches long.

Common problems with Portugal Laurel

How to propagate Portugal Laurel

Seed

You can propagate the deciduous species by seeds in the autumn.

Cuttings

Propagate deciduous hybrids by softwood cuttings in summer. Increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Portugal Laurel

Hedge plant

Other uses of Portugal Laurel

Banks, hedging, specimen. Summer interest.