Portuguese Laurel Hedging

 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. Prunus Lusitanica Myrtifolia 4.5 Litre
    Bushy pot grown plant. Plant 2 per metre to form a hedge or push them up to 3 for instant cover. Learn More
  2. Prunus Lusitanica Myrtifolia 7 Litre 80-100cm
    Bushy pot grown example at 80-100cm. Plant 2 per metre to form a hedge. Learn More
  3. Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia 30 Litre Pot 130-145 cm
    Field Grown and winter potted Portuguese Laurel. Plant 2 per metre for an instant screen. 40/50cm wide Learn More
  4. Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia 30 Litre Pot 140-150 cm
    Field Grown and winter potted Portuguese Laurel. Plant 2 per metre for an instant screen. 40/50cm wide Learn More
  5. Portuguese Laurel 15 Litre Pot 120/30 cm
    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
  6. Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia 55 Litre Pot 220/250cm

    Field Grown Extra Large Portuguese Laurel. Plant 1 per metre or 60-70cm for instant.

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  7. Portuguese Laurel Monster 240 Litre Pot 240-250cm

    A monster sized specimen plant. These are above 1.3m 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.  Ready To Roll

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