Portuguese Laurel: planting, pruning and care tips


The Portuguese laurel is a beautiful evergreen evergreen shrub with dark green foliage.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Prunus lusitanica
Family  : Rosaceae
Type  : Shrub, laurel

 2 to 6 m
Exhibition  : Sunny

 : Persistent
Flowering  : Spring

The laurel of portugal offers a beautiful flowering in summer and colourful berries in autumn and winter.

Ideal in hedges, it is also well adapted to pot and isolated cultivation.

Planting of the Portuguese laurel

The Portuguese laurel, Prunus lusitanica, plants itself in the fall or in the spring outside of frosty periods.

  • The laurel of Portugal loves the s ituations rather sunny but tolerates half-shade.
  • A mixture of loam and garden soil is quite appropriate.
  • In hedges, plan a sufficient space of 1 m between each subject so that your Prunus lusitanica can grow without problems.
  • Water regularly the 1st year after planting
  • Follow the planting tips of Clever Gardening.

The cuttings in summer is adapted and easy to make with the laurel of Portugal, prefer a semi-arugated cuttings.

Pruning of the Portuguese laurel

No pruning is really necessary, rebalance the tree if necessary. after flowering or in late winter .

The Portuguese laurel, on the other hand, is very suitable for topiary art and then it’s easy to give it the shape you want.

  • Prune in May or June, depending on the climate, just before flowering.
  • Just one size a year can be enough to keep a beautiful figure.

About the Portuguese laurel

As its name suggests, this laurel is native to Portugal and is sometimes called Portuguese Plum.

Prunus lusitanica belongs to the genus Prunus section Laurocerasus (like the cherry laurel ) which itself is part of the Rosaceae family.

It is found in its natural state on the Portuguese oceanic coast in particular, but also in north-west Africa.

  • The Portuguese laurel is one of the evergreen shrubs .

It produces beautiful dark green evergreen leaves that are slightly serrated for a guaranteed decorative effect.

Its white flowering takes place in summer, in May or June depending on the climate, and can last for many weeks.

Finally, the laurel from Portugal will give beautiful berries that will make the birds happy. They appear in the form of small red cherries, later turning black.

To prevent weeds from growing and to retain the water necessary for their proper development, put a mulch at the base of the tree in the spring and renew it every year.