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Prunus lusitanica Tree

Portuguese Laurel
  • From £44.99 (ex VAT)

This hardy, evergreen tree has many uses. Prunus lusitanica can pruned to create a topiary form, planted as a screen or hedge, makes a fantastic windbreak and a brilliant dark foil for other plants. The foliage is dark green and glossy and striking against new red shoots. Fragrant racemes of creamy white flowers are produced in April-May followed by red fruits that turn to black.

This useful evergreen tree will tolerate most soil types that are well-drained, including chalky soils when planted in full sun or partial shade. Exposure and heavier shade can be tolerated. Expect 5 x 6 meters in 20 years when Prunus lusitanica is grown as a single specimen. If chosen to grow as a hedging or screening plant, then we would recommend planting - 2-3 plants per metre.

AKA Portuguese Laurel

  • Common name: Portuguese Laurel
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 6 metres
  • Foliage: Glossy, evergreen
  • Flowers: Racemes of creamy white flowers
  • Soil: Tolerates most types that are well-drained, including chalky

Planting Advice for Prunus lusitanica Trees

Our pot grown evergreen Portuguese Laurel trees can be planted at any time of year, as long as the ground is not frozen. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of the desired planting hole, then dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and twice as wide. To help the tree establish smoothly, sprinkle root grow in the hole. Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the hole.

Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie kit to help anchor the roots (bush forms do not require it).

After Care for Prunus lusitanica Trees

For spring and summer planting, water Portuguese Laurel trees well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. When planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus lusitanica Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus lusitanica Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus lusitanica Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 200-250cm Root type: 12L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 200-250cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus lusitanica Form: Tree Top grafted at 80cm Supplied Size: 100-120cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 80cm 100-120cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Oct 2021
Ready by: 31st Oct 2021
Prunus lusitanica Form: Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £249.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £249.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus lusitanica Form: Feathered Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Prunus lusitanica Price £289.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £289.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)