Common Name: Cherry laurel
Origin/Ecology: Native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia
Habit: Broad, dense, spreading, evergreen shrub that matures to 10-18′ tall, spreading to 20-25′.
Leaves: Lustrous, oblong, dark green leaves (to 6″ long). Foliage is evergreen with no fall colour.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Tiny, cup-shaped, creamy white flowers in upright clusters or racemes (5″ long) bloom from the leaf axils in April to May. Flowers have a powerful aroma. Inconspicuous black drupes ripen in mid-summer, loved by birds.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, organically rich, well-drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Tall hedge or screen. Specimen. Mass or group in large areas. Open woodland or shade. Compact cultivars are much smaller in size and have become very popular garden plants.
Limitations: Fairly pest resistant but susceptible to shot-hole disease, powdery mildew and root rot.