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Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)

Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)
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Type Tree, Hedging & Screening, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Prunus lusitanica Description

A fine evergreen tree that can be readily pruned to shape, thus making it suitable for hedging and screening. Slower growing and coping with most soil types this is a classier alternative to common laurel, especially in smaller gardens.


Prunus lusitanica - Cultivation Notes

Laurel will flourish on most soils other than shallow chalk. Coping with full sun or part shade yet


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Prunus lusitanica:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Design & Plant Use for Prunus lusitanica:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest

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