Cherry Laurel is a large evergreen shrub or small tree with dark glossy green leaves. It is a fast-growing small tree, to 35 to 40 feet, that casts dense shade. With age the bark becomes almost black. Cherry laurel is frequently planted as an evergreen screen; it requires maintenance to keep as a hedge. The leaves and fruit have a high concentration of hydrocyanic acid and are potentially poisonous. Great for screening or as an evergreen large shrub.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree
Exposure: sun partial sun shade
Flower Color: tiny creamy white
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: poisonous black drupe
Height: 15 to 40 ft.
Width: 10 to 35 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: high medium
Water Requirements: high medium