Cherry Laurel

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Cherry Laurel

Prunus caroliniana
Laurel Cherry
12

35 feet
10

35 feet
East Texas, through the southeastern U.S.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun; part shade. Evergreen, with glossy dark green leaves suitable for hedging and screening. The bark is nearly black in color. Crushed leaves have a strong almond fragrance, due to a concentration of hydrocyanic acid. A vigorous grower, cherry laurel reseeds freely. In deep well-drained soils, it makes an excellent native hedge comparable to East Asian shrubs like xylosma, ligustrum, photinia and holly. It grows in well in semi-shaded deep clay loams around pecans and other massive trees, but isn’t as drought tolerant in shallow exposed soils.

Maintenance

Occasional pruning or light training if a hedge is desired.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
12-35' H, 10-35' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay
Wildlife:
Bees, Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
February, March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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