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.

Photo ID?

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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