- 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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Invasive Listing Sources
- Faith Campbell, 1998
- Native Plant Society of Oregon, 2008
- Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998
- Reichard, Sarah. 1994. Assessing the potential of invasiveness in woody plants introduced in North America. University of Washington Ph.D. dissertation.
- WeedUS - Database of Plants Invading Natural Areas in the United States
CategoriesCategory: Hardwood Trees
|Common Name Reference:|| USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|
|Scientific Name Reference:||USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|