SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA and Stanford, CA
Drought and smog tolerant. Used as a tall hedge or screen. From Spain and Portugal.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Mediterranean Region.
A Prunus lusitanica in Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 30 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 139 inches and a crown spread of 55 feet.
Additional Common Names
PORTUGAL LAUREL, PORTUGESE CHERRY LAUREL
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 feet.
Width: 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oblong to Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Cream or White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Purple or Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 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 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus lusitanica Tree Record." 1995-2019. Nov 22, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-lusitanica >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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