Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanica
Prunus lusitanica 
Portugal laurel - TREE FORM
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Trees
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We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer you the hardiest species also as standard trees so you can enjoy rich green foliage all year round even in higher levels of your garden.
Portugal laurel is a great choice that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. It has ovate to elliptic, pointed, mid-sized leaves that are deep green and glossy and have conspicuous red stalks and new twigs, especially in cold winter months. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers. Fruits are black berries, and tests proved that they are not poisonous, only seeds from unripe fruit can cause stomach discomfort if eaten in quantity.

In good soil it grows moderately or fast and makes quite long, slightly arching branches. The crown is naturally horizontally oval and is often trimmed for a rounded shape. In order to maintain a nice crown shape without bare branches near the trunk light pruning is recommended every 2-3 years. Do this in early April.

Portugal laurel loves full sun and neutral or slightly acid, moist but well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. In locations with cold and long winters we suggest finding it a place without direct winter sunlight that might burn its leaves. Once established it tolerates heavy clay in lower parts and summer dry spells. On the other hand, the moister the soil, the richer and healthier foliage you can expect. In winter provide extra watering in frost-free periods when the ground is not frozen. Reliably hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6) but withstands short periods of lower temperatures. Freshly transplanted trees have to be staked to support for 2-3 years, and their trunks covered with jute as prevention from drying out in winter and spring.

Last update 17-01-2013
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Prunus lusitanica height of stem 190-200 cm, girth 8-10 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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