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Prunus laurocerasus

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
English laurel, Cherry laurel
Cultivar(s):
Forest Green
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Good screen for shaded areas; salt spray tolerant; avoid excessive fertilizer; can be severely pruned; dwarf cultivars available. This plant has escaped cultivation on the Pacific coast west of the Cascades and is classified there as a weed of concern.

Description:
Evergreen tree or shrub; leaves alternate, simple, smooth or toothed on the margin; flowers in an elongated cluster, 5-parted, white; fruit fleshy, black with a large pit (stone)
Height:
10-18 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous dark green leaves; 2 to 6 in. long
Flower:
Small white fragrant flowers in spring; purple to black drupe in summer
Zones:
6 to 8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to shade; moist, well-drained acid soil enriched with organic matter
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Wide spreading to oval rounded; dense
Family:
Rosaceae
Origin:
Europe
Distribution:
CA, OR, WA, British Columbia
Poison Part:
Wilted leaves, twigs (stems), seeds.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Gasping, weakness, excitement, pupil dilation, spasms, convulsions, coma, respiratory failure
Toxic Principle:
Cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Landscape as cultivated woody shrub
Width:
8-11 ft.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1136

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