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Portuguese Laurel Hedge

Prunus lusitanica

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The hardy Portuguese Laurel hedge is a popular choice for those wanting a dense hedge that is relatively easy to maintain. Native to the Mediterranean region, this laurel excels in drier environments and those with sandier or clay-heavy soils. The shrub’s compact growth make it ideal for a privacy screen.

A Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) InstantHedge unit around 5-6' tall in biodegradable cardboard container ready for planting.


Finished hedges of Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) stretch on for nearly a mile at the nursery.


Drupes of deep-blue, almost black berries form in mid-summer on the Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica).


A finished row of Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) stretching as far as the eye can see.


Clusters of white flowers emerging in mid-spring.

Quick Guide

Prunus lusitanica growing region- Portuguese laurel is ideal for USDA zone 7-9
  • Tolerant of warm climates, drought and deer, the Portuguese Cherry Laurel is vibrant yet hardy.
  • The shrub thrives in many different soils, including chalk, clay, loam and sand.
  • The Portuguese Cherry Laurel is evergreen and looks vibrant throughout all seasons.
  • The tiny clusters of cream-colored flowers that arrive in the spring are pleasantly fragrant and the namesake cherry-like fruit is beloved by a variety of local bird populations.
  • With its pest resistance and adaptability to many different soil conditions, the Portuguese Cherry Laurel is easier to maintain than many other hedge varieties.
  • Prunus lusitanica is easy to maintain at 3-4’, it can easily grow up to 10 feet or higher for a tall hedge.

Prunus Lusitanica DETAILS

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing Prunus lusitanica for your next hedge:

  • Quite drought tolerant and requires little or no irrigation
  • Resistant to deer and many pests
  • Attractive evergreen glossy leaves and red stems
  • Fragrant spring flowers and fruit are a draw for bird populations
  • Prunus lusitanica is tolerant of a variety of soil types
  • As it’s a fast-growing shrub and has a spreading habit with compact foliage, Portuguese laurel makes a great privacy screen or windbreak.

If you want to know all about hedges then, explore types of hedge plants.  Also, see Cherry laurel and Prunus laurocerasus which are other varieties of the laurel hedge.

USDA Hardiness Zones:6b - 9
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sun/Shade:Partial Sun to Full Sun
Deer Resistance:Yes
Watering Requirements:Moderate
Growth Rate:Fast
Mature Size:10' tall and 6' wide, trimmed
Drought Tolerance:High
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:4 - 9 and 14 - 24
Pest/Disease Issues:Susceptible to Scales and Verticillium

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