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Prunus lusitanica Tree

Portuguese Laurel
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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

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied 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 tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem tree: 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 give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a 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.

 

Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Prunus lusitanica Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £60 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 12L pot* £60 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Single stem tree Size: 200-250cm Root type: 12L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £65 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 200-250cm 12L pot* £65 (inc VAT)
1
Ready by: 30th Apr 2024
Ready by: 30th Apr 2024
Prunus lusitanica Form: Tree Top grafted at 80cm Size: 90-120cm Root type: 10L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £75 (inc VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 80cm 90-120cm 10L pot* £75 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £260 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £260 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £260 (inc VAT)
Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £260 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £300 (inc VAT)
Feathered Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot* £300 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £360 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot* £360 (inc VAT)
1
Prunus lusitanica Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Prunus lusitanica Price £410 (inc VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £410 (inc VAT)
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