The University of Mississippi
Landscape Services Department

Cherry Laurel


Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) is a large evergreen shrub or small tree with dark glossy green leaves. It grows in deep, moist but well-drained bottomlands in southeast Texas. It is a fast-growing small tree, to 35 to 40 feet, that casts dense shade. With age the bark becomes almost black. It grows in most conditions but does not like high temperatures or hot, dry locations; it can also get chlorotic in blackland soil if it is not deep and loamy.

Cherry laurel is frequently planted as an evergreen screen in East Texas; it requires maintenance to keep as a hedge.

The leaves and fruit have a high concentration of hydrocyanic acid and are potentially poisonous.




 

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