Southern United States
7 to 10
15.00 to 20.00 feet
10.00 to 15.00 feet
February to April
Full sun to part shade
Best in moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Established plants have good drought tolerance. Propagate by cuttings, root suckers or seed. Will self-seed in the landscape.
Prunus caroliniana, commonly called cherry laurel, is an evergreen tree or large shrub that is native to low woods, fields and thickets from southeastern North Carolina to Florida west to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. It is most often seen growing 15-20′ tall but may rise in tree form to as much as 40′ tall. Glossy, lanceolate-oblong dark green leaves (to 2-4″ long) have pointed tips. Fragrant white flowers (each to 3/16″ across) bloom in dense racemes (2-3″ long) in late winter to early spring (February to April). Flowers (each to 5/16″ long) are followed by green fruits which initially turn reddish purple before ripening in fall to shiny black. Birds love the fruit.
No serious insect or disease problems. Leaves contain high quantities of prussic acid (cyanide) and must never be eaten. Borers can be a problem particularly with trees under stress. Watch for mites.
Specimen, hedge, windbreak or screen.
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