Portuguese Laurel (Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia) is an evergreen hedge that is related to the cherry family. It is an extremely easy hedge to grow, and works well as a privacy or boundary hedge, displaying beautiful foliage.
Native to Spain and Portugal, it was brought to Britain in the 1600’s from Madeira. The original specimen grew in Oxford’s Botanic garden until 1826, when it was cut down. The Laurel Portugal puts on an impressive display of white, softly scented flowers, which are set off stunningly by the deep green leaves. Come autumn, the flowers are followed by dark red berries, helping to give wildlife that extra nourishment before the cold weather sets in.
This hedge prefers to reside in soil that is moist but has good drainage. It does well in any soil type, including loam, clay, sand and even shallow, chalky areas. It does prefer harnessing full sunlight, but works well also being planted in partial shade.
Although these hedges can grow up to over twelve metres high, and wider than eight metres, it can take its time doing so; normally growing to their maximum height and width in twenty to fifty years. It makes for a fantastic alternative hedge to grow instead of bay trees in cold areas, thanks to it adapting and becoming a hardy but easy plant to grow.
When planting your new Laurel Portugal hedge we would suggest to plant them eighteen to twenty-four inches apart, so there is enough room to grow into a large dense, privacy hedge. When caring for your hedge, we would recommend pruning it in the late winter/early spring time to help encourage new growth.
Why not take a look at the range of Laurel Portugal plants available in pots and troughs? For more information on this plant or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information.
Beautiful bushy plants grown in our fields for several years, they are lifted in season (October-Early May) with the immediate root ball which is wrapped in hessian for protection. Strong plants giving instant impact at moderate cost.
Laurel Portugal Rootball Hedging 3.5-4ft 100/120cm
These are convenient hedging plants are grown in pre-clipped 1 metre long sections to give immediate impact from the moment of planting. Instant hedging plants are available for delivery and planting all year round.