• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Versatile Evergreen Shrub
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasThis large broadleaf foliage shrub is the ideal background plant with a dozen uses. It's primary value is as an informal hedge for spatial definition and to divide front yards. Creates minimal enclosure to outdoor living spaces. Its dark color makes a perfect foundation plant against brick walls to cloak crawl spaces, footings and utilities. Blends beautifully into woodland understory and into back of the flowering shrub border.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Holly (Ilex); Lilyturf (Liriope); Euonymus (Euonymus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Thrives with more sun in cool climates; prefers more shade in warmer zones. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. For a formal appearance, prune after flowering in spring to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This is a 20th century dwarf form of the old fashioned cherry laurel, a broadleaf evergreen native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. It was called English laurel due to the extensive plantings of it in manor houses of southern Britain where it substituted for the frost tender sweet bay laurel of the Mediterranean. It was brought into cultivation early on around 1576. The original species was Laurocerausus officinalis, classified by Johann Roemer, 1763-1819 of Switzerland. It was simultaneously classified by Linnaeus into genus Prunus utilizing the former inaccurate genus name of Roemer. It was imported into the U.S. in colonial times and this is one of the many varietal forms.
    The leaves and fruits of this plant are considered to be toxic and at one time used to extract cyanide.