- Common Name(s):
- Cherry laurel, English laurel
- 'Forest Green', 'Otto Luyken' - compact cultivar 3'-4' tall 6'-8' wide, 'Zabeliana'
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Good screen for shaded areas; salt spray tolerant; avoid excessive fertilizer; can be severely pruned; dwarf cultivars available. Works well as a tall hedge or screen, planted in mass in a woodland or shade garden or a specimen plant. This plant has escaped cultivation on the Pacific coast west of the Cascades and is classified there as a weed of concern.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring Fruit: Summer, black drupe
Wildlife Value: Fruits are relished by birds.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Better resistance than most other species in the genus Prunus. Susceptible to shot-hole disease, powdery mildew and root rot.
- 10-18 ft.
- Alternate, simple, smooth or toothed on the margin, lustrous dark green leaves; 2 to 6 in. long
- Small fragrant elongated cluster, 5-parted, white flowers in spring; purple to black fleshy drupe with a large pit (stone) in summer relished by birds
- Sun to shade; moist, well-drained acid soil enriched with organic matter
- Medium to coarse
- Wide spreading to oval rounded; dense
- CA, OR, WA, British Columbia
- Poison Part:
- Wilted leaves, twigs (stems), seeds.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Gasping, weakness, excitement, pupil dilation, spasms, convulsions, coma, respiratory failure
- Fruit is inedible with a bitter aftertaste.
- Toxic Principle:
- Cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated woody shrub
- 8-11 ft.
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 1136