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Prunus caroliniana /Cherry-Laurel

Prunus caroliniana  / Prunus caroliniana
Specimen evergreen tree
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Specimen evergreen tree

Branches of early spring flowers and foliage

Young fruit and foliage

Canopy edge in full bloom

Cherry laurel makes a superb privacy hedge in a clipped or an unclipped planting

Black fruit in late summer and fall

Makes and excellent small to medium sized evergreen tree


Close-up image of creamy-white flowers that are somewhat fragrant

Cherry laurel tree

Close view of flowers

Fruit and foliage

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Scientific Name: Prunus caroliniana
Common Name: Cherry-Laurel
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Makes a nice evergreen screen or hedge, either clipped or unclipped. It grows in an upright, oval form with dense, dark green foliage. Cedar waxwings, American robin and other birds eat the fruit as do squirrels and other wildlife.