cherry laurel
Prunus laurocerasus L.


Prunus laurocerasus is a large evergreen shrub or tree that can grow from 10-30 ft. (3-9 m) tall.
Leaves are thick, 3-8 in. (7.6-20.3 cm) long, oblong, pointed at the tip, alternate, and are darker green on top and paler green on the underside.
Flowers are found in clusters of small, cream to white, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers with 5 petals and yellow stamens. The blooming period occurs from April to May.
Fruits are cherry-like, small purplish black, cone-shaped, clustered fruits.
Ecological Threat
Prunus laurocerasus can be found in woodland edges and in forest areas. It is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Seeds are very toxic to humans and may be fatal if eaten.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subject: Prunus laurocerasus L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Related Scientific Names:
Laurocerasus officinalis M. Roem. (Synonym)


Plants - Hardwood Trees