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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Foliage Type: Evergreen Hardiness: ✯✯✯✯✯+1 Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯ Versatility: ✯✯✯✯ Drought Resistance: ✯✯✯✯ Soil type: Any except strongly acidic Wet/Dry: Either but not waterlogged Preferred situation: Full sun to shade Height: Up to 5m Growth Rate:✯✯✯✯
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