Portuguese Laurel – Prunus Lustitanica Bareroot 1.5ft

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Available October – March.

Commonly known as Portuguese Laurel, Prunus Lusitanica is an attractive, evergreen shrub which has glossy, evergreen, deep-green leaves with contrasting red stems. Small, fragrant, white flowers in summer followed by black fruits in autumn. Thrives in most reasonable sites and soils, not fussy. Can reach 6 metres (20yrs) if left untrimmed, and slow growth also can be easily shaped.

This shrub was grown in the Staffordshire Moorlands at 900 feet above sea level, therefore, producing a very healthy, hardy plant. Our Portuguese Laurels will be carefully packaged to arrive safely, ready for you to plant straight away. Portuguese Laurel is a large evergreen shrub or small tree of spreading habit, the dark red shoots bearing deep green ovate leaves. Small, fragrant white flowers in racemes to 25cm in length in early summer, are followed by small, dark purple fruits

Plant Guide

If you want it as a winter feature, plant it in a more open position in retentive soil that doesn’t get too wet in winter. If topiarising, clip three times a year (February, June and October) to keep the shape crisp. Otherwise leave it to mature. Bear in mind that an unclipped specimen needs more space to shine. This laurel can also be used as a hedge. Plant 75cm apart and clip every June. Planted small it can tolerate dry shade.

  • Ready to plant all year round.
  • Can stay in pots for 3 months before planting.
  • Pot grown in 10cm pots.
  • Frost hardy evergreen shurb.
  • Plant 3-4 per metre for best results.
Best Uses

Prunus lusitanica is dense and fast-growing making it ideal for those who want to grow a privacy screen quickly. It is also great for formal features with proper pruning. It is tolerant to most soils making it a popular

Care Advice

Portuguese Laurel is a low-maintenance plant and only required a trim once a year around the end of summer to remove any damaged shoots.

Plant Combinations

Portuguese Laurels can stand alone, clipped or unclipped. Or plant a series of individuals to form a geometrically arranged group, or an avenue. Or plant a pair for winter structure. Good companions for picking up the colour of the red stems could include hybrid plum-red hellebores (Helleborus hybridus). Smaller, shiny-leaved evergreens like Sarcococca confusaSkimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’ and Helix hedera ‘Ivalace’ could also be planted nearby.

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