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ENGLISH LAUREL
Prunus laurocerasus

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Photo Locations: Sacramento State University - Sacramento, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Fort Bragg, CA, Stanford, CA, The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

Smog tolerant. Often used as a tall hedge.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia.

Family: Rosaceae

Additional Common Names

ENGLISH LAUREL, CHERRY LAUREL, COMMON LAUREL

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 25 - 30 feet.

Width: 25 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oblong, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Cream or White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Black Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Dark Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Scales, Anthracnose, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus laurocerasus Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-laurocerasus >

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