Portuguese Laurel

SKU: 42

Prunus Lusitanica

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  • Popular and versatile evergreen screening
  • Dark green glossy leaves, compact growth
  • Ideal for 2-3 meter tall screening and hedges
  • Features small white flowers during spring
  • Suitable for pleaching and underplanting
  • Mature plants grow around 6 meters tall
  • Plant 1 meter apart for screening hedge



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One of our most popular evergreen screening and hedging options, Portuguese Laurels are a popular choice for any garden. Deep green foliage with contracting red stems. Easy to prune, these plants are a low maintenance option when it comes to evergreen plants. Suitable for pleaching, making them ideal for underplanting and shaping.


Product Specification

  • Common Name: Portuguese Laurel
  • Mature Height: 5-7 meters
  • Mature Width: 2-4 meters
  • Spacing: Plant 1 meter apart for a luscious screening hedge
  • Uses: Evergreen screening, hedging, pleaching, privacy screen
  • Foliage: Dark Green
  • Flowering Period: Late spring, early summer, small white flowers followed by red berries
  • Form/Habit: Dense and upright
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Tolerates: Various soil types; psyllid-resistant
  • Drought Hardy: Moderate
  • Sun: Full Sun to Semi-Shade
  • Soil: Most soil types, prefers well draining soil
  • Native: No


Commonly Asked Questions

How far apart should I plant Portuguese Laurels for a screening hedge?

Planting 1 meter apart is ideal for creating a thick privacy screen or hedge.


Can Portuguese Laurels be pleached?

Portuguese Laurel are a popular choice for pleaching, which can be achieved through selective pruning. Look for straight plants with a strong central leader.  This creates drama in your garden design and allows space for contrasting underplanting. Looking for plants that have already been pleached? Consider our Portuguese Standards instead.


When should I prune my Portuguese Laurels?

Late winter is an ideal time to prune, before the new Spring foliage comes through/