Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ – standard
Portuguese cherry laurel, Portugal laurel,
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.
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.
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.