Portuguese Laurel

Portuguese Laurel is more versatile than it’s counterpart Cherry Laurel, accepting even shallow chalk soils and is hardier, making an excellent hedging plant that is easily manageable. An added benefit of being less vigorous than Cherry Laurel is the tightness of the hedge.

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Single Row

Length of your hedge (m) We recommend0 plants for this length and when planting; our recommendation is to space each plant 85 centimetres apart.

Portuguese Laurel Plants

Portuguese Laurel at-a-glance

Portuguese Laurel

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hardiness: ✯✯✯✯✯+1
Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯
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Drought Resistance: ✯✯✯✯
Soil type: Any except strongly acidic
Wet/Dry: Either but not waterlogged
Preferred situation: Full sun to shade
Height: Up to 5m
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Prunus lusitanicus Angustifolia = Myrtifolia
Hardier than Cherry laurel
Slower than Cherry laurel
Happy in shallow chalk soils where Cherry laurel will not do
Pruning allows it to be reduced almost to ground level
Wonderful evergreen shrub/ small tree reaching 5 metres if left unchecked. Leaves have reddish tinge to petioles. flowers white, scented if untrimmed in June. Fruits red to dark purple in autumn