Portugal Laurel

The Prunus lusitanica, commonly known as the Portuguese laurel, boasts smooth, reddish-brown bark that gradually matures into a textured surface with age. The bark’s warm hues and changing texture add to the visual appeal of this evergreen shrub.

The Appearance

An evergreen shrub or small tree with dark green, glossy leaves and a dense, rounded form. It can grow up to 20 feet tall.


The Produce

These drupes are typically dark purple to black when ripe and measure about 1 to 2 centimetres in size.


The Flowers

Produces small, fragrant, white flowers in late spring, followed by dark purple to black berries.


The Leaves

These leaves are lance-shaped, with serrated edges, and arranged alternately along the stems.


The Bark

The bark is dark brown and becomes fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are a food source for birds.


The Culture

Popular in ornamental landscaping for its dense foliage and fragrant flowers. Often used as a hedge or specimen plant.


Fun Facts

The Portugal Laurel is highly valued for its hardiness and ability to withstand pruning, making it ideal for formal hedges and topiary.

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