Portugal Laurel - Prunus lusitanica

    Description

    Prunus lusitanica is an evergreen shrub or small tree, the dark red shoots bearing deep green ovate leaves. Small, fragrant white flowers in racemes to 25cm in length, are followed by small, dark purple-black fruits.

    Similar Species

    Prunus laurocerasus, other large -leaved evergreen species like Rhododendrons

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Evergreen, flowers in long racemes; petioles and 1st year stems red, leaves serrate

    Recording advice
    Photograph of shoot with leaves
    Habitat

    Widely planted for shelter in churchyards, parks and woodland.

    When to see it

    Flowers in early summer.

    Life History

    Evergreen.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Probably under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 9 of the 617 tetrads.

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