Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ – standard

Portuguese cherry laurel, Portugal laurel,

From £135.00

A graceful cultivar of the classic white-flowered evergreen tree, with narrower leaves and conspicuous red stems on new growth.

A dense bushy growing habit makes it ideal for screening.

Origin: Southwestern France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Macaronesia
Genus: Prunus
Species / Cultivar: lusitanica 'Angustifolia'
Common Name: Portuguese cherry laurel, Portugal laurel,

Plant Biography

Portuguese laurel is indeed obligingly native to Portugal. However it is also found to originate Southwestern France, Spain, Morocco, and Macaronesia.

In the wild it grows along mountain streams, enjoying sunshine and moist but well-drained soils. However it is a tough and forgiving plant, and can be moderately drought-tolerant once established.

‘Angustifolia’ means thin leaf, which suits the longer slimmer leaf shape of this cultivar.

Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ – standard
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Left to its own devices, Portuguese Laurel can form an attractive standalone specimen - once it has reached a certain bulk you could even prune to raise the canopy and underplant for seasonal interest.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The compact growing habits of this tree mean it generally only needs a trim once a year in the summer after flowering. It is very amenable to pruning and shaping, making it an excellent tree.

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