Portuguese Laurel

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Nature Hills is proud to finally carry the lovely Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica)! A heat-tolerant broadleaf evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green foliage and fragrant white flowers in spring! This slower-growing form of Laurel takes to formal shearing like a champ and won't need much maintenance once it's trained how you desire!

You'll enjoy the lush, densely held foliage all year long but in spring prepare to be amazed! The butterflies and bees will adore the 10-inch long racemes of fragrant white flowers - their scent giving a nod to this shrubs Rose family connections. The songbirds will equally enjoy these shrubs for their dense cover and nesting sites. Plus, if you haven't sheared or pruned your shrub, small black fruit appears where the flowers once were and draw in more hungry feathered friends!

Portuguese Laurel is highly adaptable to hot climates of USDA hardiness zones 6-9 as well as tolerant of deer, coastal (saline) conditions, and even drought once established! Readily sheared, trained, and pruned into shapes and forms as well as Boxwood or Holly and just as gorgeous year-round. You will love Laurel shrub's low-maintenance attitude!

Planting and Application:

These can be large shrubs, but because they are slower growing, you won't have a monster shrub devouring your entire yard any time soon! Easily kept in check with annual pruning, you'll enjoy tall privacy and screening hedges, windbreaks and shelterbelts that the deer seem to ignore unless desperate. Accented by spring flowers and summer fruit, your shrubs will be the wildlife hotspot all year long!

Create property-defining hedges that act as dense barriers and year-round screening, or as tall backdrops that set off everything else before them beautifully! Create an allée behind your garden bench or sculpture, or a semi-circle around your seating areas to stop the noise of a busy street, slow the wind and create a well of tranquility for you to relax in where the neighbors prying eyes can't penetrate!

Portuguese Laurel can grow to a hefty 20-25 feet in mature height and a mature spread of 15-25 feet when allowed to grow without pruning. However, you will be amazed at what you can do with these versatile shrubs! Tall enough growing to be trained into a low-maintenance tree form, both single and multi-stemmed, sheared into circles, pyramids, or towers to accent and accentuate your formal hedges in any way your imagination can think of!

  • Fragrant 10-Inch White Blooms
  • Lush Dense Dark Green Foliage
  • Low-Maintenance Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Large-Sized Shrub or Tree Form With Training
  • Formal or Informal Hedges, Backdrops, Windbreak & Privacy

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Laurel bushes can grow in nearly any combination of soil and sun, doing best in full sun or partial shade. Preferring more sun in cool climates, and more shade in warmer areas. Laurel thrives in slightly deep, fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil, yet tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish the root system, but once established, reduce watering frequency. Established plants can tolerate dry shade.

Laurel are easy to grow, and require almost no maintenance, aside from optional Pruning which is best performed as soon as they are finished flowering. The other reason everyone loves these underused shrubs? Deer seem to avoid them unless desperate!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Humusy Well-Drained Soil - Even Clay
  • Moderate Moisture - Tolerates Dry Shade Once Established
  • Appreciates Mulch
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer Resistant

Portuguese Laurel is a sizeable broadleaf evergreen shrub with so much versatility and year-round interest! Hurry and order this new introduction by NatureHills.com today before they sell out!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Portuguese Laurel Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus lusitanica
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes