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CAROLINA LAUREL CHERRY
Photo Locations: LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA, San Francisco, CA, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX
Carolina Laurel Cherry is grown as an evergreen shrub or tree standard, favored for its shiny green foliage. However, the flower and fruit litter is a problem in paved areas, and it may reseed unwantedly. It withstands heat, dryness and wind, and is quite durable once established. Variety Compacta generally grows 8-10' tall. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Southeastern United States.
Additional Common Names
CAROLINA LAUREL CHERRY, CHERRY LAUREL
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Conical or Rounded Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 15 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Oblong, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Black Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter, Spring or Summer.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 5 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales, Armillaria, Fire Blight, Root Rot, Rust, Gummosis and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus caroliniana Tree Record." 1995-2021. Apr 17, 2021.
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