Rocky Knoll Farm
Portuguese Laurel - Prunus lusitanica
Portuguese laurel has dark glossy green leaves that grow into a dense rounded form and can be pruned to desired shape. New stems are a great red color and later turn to green. This fast-growing evergreen shrub is easy to grow and can eventually reach around 50' in height and 30' wide. Small, white flower clusters that bloom in summer are are fragrant and turn to dark red to purple berries. Hardy to -10°F when protected from windchill. Plant 2'-3' apart for hedging.