PlantsPrunus→English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Prunus laurocerasus Accepted
Cerasus laurocerasus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 25 feet, possibly taller
Plant Spread: 10 - 25 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: 3/4 inch purplish-black berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Other: Creamy-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: The flesh of perfectly ripe fruits is only slightly poisonous and safe if properly cooked. Avoid stone consumption!
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months of cold stratification
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  AprilHoney Bees in the Garden: April
By Mindy03 on April 10, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

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Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-10-11
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Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-10-11
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Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-10-11
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:08 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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English Laurel by wolfiesmom Feb 26, 2017 1:03 PM 1
What bush is this? by Phgarden Sep 25, 2021 7:19 AM 8
What is this and is it edible? by skopjecollection Sep 5, 2021 1:00 PM 4
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Need help identifying please by Rraja1 Aug 5, 2020 2:53 AM 4
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Shrub ID, please by kashtan May 1, 2020 5:20 AM 4
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