Prunus caroliniana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Cherry-laurel, Laurel Cherry


Plant Specifics

Size:20-45 ft tall by 15-30 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms early spring. Fruits ripen late summer-fall.
Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Upland hardwood forests, upland mixed forest, secondary woods, riverine swamps, disturbed areas.


Recommended Uses:Can be used as a specimen plant, hedge (can be trimmed), shelter plant, or wildlife thicket. Appreciated for its shiny dark foliage.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Seed is spread by birds.

Attracts bees.