Portuguese Laurel Hedging

Portuguese laurel Hedging

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Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) makes a great alternative to the classic cherry laurel. With its dark green, medium sized foliage set against red stems, this evergreen plant has a more formal appearance than cherry laurel and many people find it to be particularly attractive. The soft, neatly serrated leaves resemble bay and each summer the plant flowers with hawthorn-scented white blooms that form in long, narrow spikes which can measure up to 25cm. These flowers are followed by small purple fruits that are loved by birds.


Although slower growing than cherry laurel, Prunus lusitanica can put on around 25 to 30cm in height a year. It’s easy to grow too, and it’s robust enough to withstand exposed sites - making it perfect for the north of the country.


Like all of our hedging plants, our Portugese laurels are expertly grown, picked and packaged at our large nursery in Cheshire. This ensures they’re excellent quality.

A versatile shrub with many uses

Portugese laurel hedges are ideal if you want added privacy in your garden or you’re looking to separate different parts of your outdoor space. They can also act as a windbreak and help to reduce noise, giving you a more sheltered garden to enjoy. Because they are evergreen, they provide a screen year-round.

It’s not just hedging that this type of laurel is used for. These plants are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of other ways too. For example, they can stand alone or be planted as a series of individual trees to create an avenue or geometrically arranged group. They’re great for topiary too. Prunus lusitanica can cope with being clipped multiple times a year, meaning these plants can be formed into a variety of shapes. Their softer leaves make a nice contrast to more sharply defined box and holly trees. You can also keep these evergreens in containers and place them on your patio or terrace.

The plants can be left unpruned if you want to create a natural look, or trimmed regularly to keep a neater aesthetic.

Growing and looking after your Portuguese laurel

 Portugese laurel is easy to grow in moderately fertile soil - and because it’s so hardy, it can perform well even in poor, chalky and shallow soils. It prefers moist but well-drained ground and thrives in sun or partial shade.

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  1. Portuguese Laurel 1.5 Litre Pot 25/30cm

    Portuguese Laurel or Prunus Lusitanica Myrtifolia. New seasons at 25cm. Plant 2 or 3 per metre and watch them burst out next spring and make you a 3 foot screen by June. Learn More

  2. Portuguese Laurel 2 Litre Pot 45/50cm
    Portuguese Laurel or Prunus Lusitanica. New seasons at 40-50 cm. Plant 2 or 3 per metre Learn More
  3. Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia 15 Litre Pot 50/60cm New Potted

    Field Grown Portuguese Laurel. Plant 2 per metre or push them up closer for an instant screen. Fresh Potted Crop

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  4. Prunus Lusitanica Brenelia 7 Litre Pot
    Special Price £22.50 Regular Price £26.50
    Nice bushy pot grown plant at 80 cm tall and very bushy. The new shoots also come through a deep red colour giving this form extra attraction.This new form grows quicker than the usual so will make you hedge much faster. Plant 2 per metre. Learn More
  5. Prunus Lusitanica Myrtifolia 7 Litre 80-100cm
    Bushy pot grown example at 80-100cm. Plant 2 per metre to form a hedge. Learn More
  6. Prunus lusitanica - Portuguese Laurel 110/120cm 12 Litre Pot
    Special Price £41.00 Regular Price £51.00

    Portuguese Laurel at 110/120cm.

    Pot grown from 2019.

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  7. Portuguese Laurel 15 Litre Pot 140-160 cm
    Special Price £54.50 Regular Price £64.00
    Portuguese Laurel or Prunus Lusitanica. We tend to grow mainly the neater myrtifolia. From 10 paces it looks like bay laurel but it's much tougher. Plant 2 per metre for an instant hedge. Learn More
  8. Prunus L. Brenelia 25 Litre Pot 200cm
    Bushy pot grown example. Plant 1 per metre to form a hedge or closer for an instant screen. Pot grown plants are easier and less risk to plant all year. Learn More
  9. Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia 55 Litre Pot 200/225cm Pre Order

    Field Grown Extra Large Portuguese Laurel. Plant 1 per metre or 50-60cm for instant.

    Order Now For June Devery

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  10. Portuguese Laurel Monster 240Litre Pot 240-250cm Pre Order

    A monster sized specimen plant. These are above 1m wide at the base and most of the way up, the plant weighs more than 200 kilos. You need strong men or a machine to move them. You can have them before June if you take special care....please ask

    Pre Order for delivery in June - potted from huge field specimens

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