Portuguese Laurel – Prunus Lustitanica Potted 30-40cm

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Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) boasts these glossy, deep-green leaves that stay green all year round, and you can’t miss those beautiful red stems. In summer, you’ll be treated to lovely, fragrant white flowers, followed by black fruits in the autumn. The best part is, this shrub isn’t picky at all! It thrives in just about any site or soil. Oh, and did I mention it can grow up to 6 meters if you let it, but fear not, it has a slow growth that can easily be shaped.


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. Portuguese 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 Laurel 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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