Portugal Laurel - Prunus lusitanica


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.

Photo ID?

Widely planted for shelter in churchyards, parks and woodland.

When to see it

Flowers in early summer.

Life History


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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map