SelecTree: Tree Detail
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
Smog tolerant. Often used as a tall hedge.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia.
Additional Common Names
ENGLISH LAUREL, CHERRY LAUREL, COMMON LAUREL
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
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.
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, Armillaria, 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.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus laurocerasus Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
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