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Prunus lusitanica - young leaves in late Spring
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Prunus lusitanica

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(Portuguese Laurel) Prunus lusitanica is a large evergreen shrib or very small, branching tree once established, often used for hedging or screening with glossy dark green leaves.

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Prunus lusitanica is a large evergreen shrib or very small, branching tree once established, often used for hedging or screening with glossy dark green leaves. The young shoots have are reddish in colour which contrasts well against the dark green leaves. Candle-like spikes of white flower appear on the branches in early summer.

Excellent as a hedge once established. For a dense hedge plant at approx 80 cm apart.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: May.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Large branching shrub or small tree once established. Can be pruned regularly in summer to a set height if required.
    • Height: If not pruned up to 10 - 12 m (30 - 40 ft)
    • Spread: If not pruned up to 8 - 10 m (26 - 30 ft)
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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Light Shade, Full Sun
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large, Tree - Small
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Alkaline, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Evergreen, Screening/Hedge