| The Portuguese Laurel, Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia, makes a beautiful formal hedge. It's dark foliage against maroon coloured stems creates a striking contrast whilst flowers and berries provide interest for wildlife such as birds and bees.|
Portuguese Laurel hedging features
- Foliage: Evergreen, glossy, dark green leaves
- Features: White flowers and winter berries. Stems are dark pink
- Growth Rate: Moderate - approx. 30/60cm per year
- Hedge Height: 1m - 5m hedges
- Hardiness: Fully hardy - hardier in fact than the popular Cherry Laurel
- Soil Type: Any - notably good on chalk
- Position: All but coastal
- Perfect For: Formal hedging
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Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia) boasts luscious dark green, pointed, glossy leaves on striking deep pink or maroon stems. Portuguese Laurel has a classical quality to it, similarly to Bay Laurel, that makes it ideal for formal situations. This evergreen hedging plant has small fragrant white flowers (loved by bees and butterflies) in the summer and small red fruits (incredibly popular with birds), turning black, in autumn.
Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia is easy to grow in all soils and situations (including dry shade although it will need to be kept moist and fed until established) and is a particularly good choice for chalk soils (avoid coastal positions). Portuguese Laurel is very hardy (even hardier than Cherry Laurel) although some wind protection is advised in areas where windburn could pose a problem. This species has a medium growth rate so it is quite easy to maintain and shape and should only need one trim per year in late Summer although if you want it to it will grow very tall. Like other Laurels, this variety's leaves and fruits are harmful if eaten.
Prices are per plant. Recommended planting densities are shown but this is very much a matter of choice and you can increase or reduce the density depending on your requirements.
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