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Portuguese Laurel

Prunus lusitanica

Also known as

Portugal Laurel, Cherry Bay, Portuguese Laurel Cherry, Portugal Cherry Laurel

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Portuguese Laurel Overview

Prunus lusitanica is a beautiful flowering evergreen, mainly grown for its attractive foliage. It is an adaptable plant that can be grown as a small tree or trained into a large shrub. This plant is commonly known by the names Portuguese Laurel, Portugal Laurel or Portuguese Laurel Cherry, amongst others. This plant can withstand the suns heat and wind. The fruit is red turning purple, readily eaten by the birds. The flowers are small, white and in clusters about 10 inches long.

Common problems with Portuguese Laurel

How to propagate Portuguese Laurel


You can propagate the deciduous species by seeds in the autumn.


Propagate deciduous hybrids by softwood cuttings in summer. Increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Portuguese Laurel

Hedge plant

Other uses of Portuguese Laurel

Banks, hedging, specimen. Summer interest.


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