Cherry Laurel - Prunus laurocerasus

    Alt Name
    English Laurel

    P. laurocerasus is a vigorous, large, spreading evergreen shrub with  glossy dark green leaves to 15cm in length. Small white flowers in erect racemes to 12cm in length are followed by cherry-like glossy red fruits soon turning black.

    Identification difficulty

    Occasionally planted and sometimes escaping from cultivation.

    When to see it

    All year round - flowering around May.

    Life History

    Evergreen shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as a planted shrub and occasional escape.  It may well be increasing as an established plant in the wild.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional escape which may occur in woodland or hedgerow.  It may be increasing as an established plant in our area. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 38 of the 617 tetrads.

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