Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’

Portuguese cherry laurel, Portugal laurel,

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

A dense bushy growing habit makes it ideal for hedging and 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’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Moderate
Some special care needed, which may include pruning or winter protection.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
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 bushy compact growing habits of this shrub 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 hedging plant.

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