Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia – Portugese Laurel Cone
Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia (Portuguese Laurel, Cherry Laurel) topiary shaped into a regular, conical shrub available in a range of sizes from 125 cm -250 cm. It is very easy to maintain and requires little pruning – a couple of trims each year if necessary in April or mid-July will keep it in shape.
Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia is a bushy, evergreen shrub which has been widely used since Victorian times to create Italian style gardens. It has an exotic appearance with dense large dark green leaves that appear on dark red stems. Angustifolia has narrower leaves than the species with stalks and new twigs of a brighter red colour. Portuguese Laurel bears numerous racemes of scented white flowers in June, which produce red turning to black berries much loved by birds.
Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia is a frost hardy tree that does well in full sun but will thrive almost anywhere. It prefers acidic, permeable soil rich in organic matter. Once established it tolerates dry spells in summer although regular watering will result in richer and healthier foliage so continue watering in winter when the ground is not frozen.