Portugal Laurel

Prunus lusitanica | Also known as: Cherrylaurel, Cherry Bay | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The fact that the Prunus lusitanica, otherwise known as the Portugal Laurel, is evergreen makes it ideal as a kind of screen on the perimeter of a garden. Its thick leathery, large-leaf foliage makes sure even your nosy neighbours can be blocked out, while also helping to keep your garden looking fresh and wholesome in winter. When in bloom, it displays long spikes of white flowers, which stand out all the more attractively against the deep green foliage behind. The Portugal Laurel is a great fan of the sun, and of well-drained to average soil conditions, and drought does little to upset it. Artistic gardeners like pruning the lower limbs to create distinctive domed canopies.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.2
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Broadly spreading
  • Rounded
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden spaces
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years