Top 10 Hedges – Portuguese Laurel (Prunus Lusitanica)

This is a very hardy evergreen, large shrub or small tree, depending on how you prune it. It has beautiful dark green glossy leaves with the new growth being lighter in colour. Small white, fragrant flowers appear in spring and follow with red/purple berries through the summer. Portugal Laurel is extensively used as a hedge or screen and is very hardy once established. It can grow 6-10mts tall and 6mts wide if let go but perfect for a 2 – 3mt hedge. Portugal Laurel loves full sun or part sun and tolerates most soil conditions, although well drained soil is preferable. Tolerates frost and will cope with coastal exposure.