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Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel) – Rootballed



A dense, bushy, evergreen plant with red stalked ovate, glossy green leaves on red stems. Racemes of fragrant white flowers in early summer followed by red berries that ripen to black. Will grow in full sun, partial shade and full shade.

Prunus lusitanica, commonly known as Portuguese Laurel, is a versatile and attractive evergreen shrub that is highly valued for its qualities as a hedging and screening plant. Native to the Iberian Peninsula, this resilient species boasts glossy, dark green leaves and dense foliage, creating a lush and elegant appearance. Portuguese Laurel is a popular choice for hedging due to its ability to form a dense and compact barrier, providing privacy and delineating boundaries with its neatly trimmed appearance. Its adaptability to different soil types and resistance to pests and diseases make it a low-maintenance option for gardeners seeking a reliable and enduring hedge or screen. Beyond its practical uses, the Prunus lusitanica also adds aesthetic value to landscapes, with fragrant white flowers in late spring and red berries that attract birds, contributing to the overall beauty of the garden throughout the seasons.

Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Partial shade;Full sun

Soil Type




Flowering Time




Pruning Time

Late Spring;Early Summer

Ultimate Height

12+ metres

Ultimate Spread

8+ metres