Trees and shrubs

Portuguese laurel: a beautiful hedge shrub


The Portuguese laurel is a beautiful evergreen shrub with dark green foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Prunus lusitanica
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Shrub, laurel

Height
: 2 to 6 m
Exposure : Sunny

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : Spring

The portugal laurel offers a beautiful flowering in summer and colorful berries in autumn and winter.

Ideal as a hedge, it is also well suited to growing in pots and in isolation.

Portuguese laurel plantation

The Portuguese laurel, Prunus lusitanica, is planted in autumn or in spring outside of frost periods.

  • The Portuguese laurel loves srather sunny ituations but tolerates partial shade.
  • A mix of potting soil and garden soil is quite suitable.
  • In hedge, plan a sufficient space of 1 m between each subject, so that your Prunus lusitanica can develop without problems.
  • Water regularly the 1st year after planting
  • Follow them planting tips from Jardiner malin.

The cuttings in summer is adapted and easy to carry out with the bay laurel of Portugal, privilege a semi-hardened cuttings.

Portuguese laurel pruning

No pruning is really essential, rebalance the tree if necessary after flowering or in end of winter.

Portugal laurel, on the other hand, is quite suitable for topiary art and it is then easy to give it the desired shape.

  • Prune in May or June depending on the climate, just before flowering
  • One size per year may be enough to keep a beautiful figure

All you need to know about the Portuguese laurel

As the name suggests, this laurel is native to Portugal and sometimes referred to as Portuguese Plum.

The Prunus lusitanica belongs to the genus Prunus section Laurocerasus (like the cherry laurel) which itself is part of the Rosaceae family.

It is found in its natural state on the Portuguese ocean front in particular but also in northwest Africa.

  • The Portuguese laurel is one of the evergreen shrubs.

It produces evergreen leaves of a beautiful dark green that are slightly indented for a guaranteed decorative effect.

Its white flowering occurs in summer, May or June depending on the climate and can last for long weeks.

Finally, the Portuguese laurel will give pretty berries that will delight birds. They appear as small red cherries, later turning black.

Smart tip

In order to prevent the growth of weeds and to retain the water necessary for its proper development, put a mulch at the foot of the tree in the spring and renew it every year.

Video: How to Take Cuttings for a Hedge (October 2020).