cherry-laurel, laurel cherry
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20-45 ft Width: 15-30 ft
Flower Color: white
Fruit Color: black
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Can be used as a specimen plant, hedge (can be trimmed), shelter plant, or wildlife thicket. Appreciated for its shiny dark foliage.
Considerations: This plant can be too prolific as the many seedlings that come up both around the plant and under bird perching sites can become problematic. Also spreads by underground stems. Weak, prone to wind damage.
Propagation: Seed, rhizomes.
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Broadly tolerant
Seed is spread by birds.
Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. Upland hardwood forests, upland mixed forest, secondary woods, riverine swamps, disturbed areas.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in: