Portuguese Laurel Hedge

Prunus lusitanica

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The beautiful Portuguese Laurel hedge is a popular choice for those wanting a dense hedge that is easy to maintain. Native to the Mediterranean region, this cherry laurel excels in drier environments and those with sandier or clay-heavy soils. Prunus Lusitanica'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.
  • Bees enjoy the sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring, and the late summer fruits are a valuable food source for birds.
  • 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 privacy 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 including the shot hole fungus that affects Prunus laurocerasus cherry laurels
  • 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
  • It is a fast-growing shrub and has a dense habit with compact foliage, so Portuguese laurel makes a great privacy screen or windbreak

For more privacy hedge options, you can explore all our different types of hedge plants You can also check out our other laurel hedge types: Schip laurel and English laurel.

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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