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Narrow-leaved Portugal laurel PRUNUS LUSITANICA ANGUSTIFOLIA

Description & features

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Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
80L pot size - clearstem / 3.5-4m
£480.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

Product description

PRUNUS LUSITANICA ANGUSTOFOLIA - Narrow-leaved Portugal laurel

Characteristics

Portuguese Laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 15 metres (50ft) tall. The Angustifolia variety has smaller, narrower leaves than the species but shares its other characteristics with black-brown bark, reddish stems and glossy dark green foliage colour on top. Flower buds appear in late spring, opening to white flowers in June. The fruit is a small cherry, turning black when ripe in early autumn.

The smaller leaves give this variety a very dense appearance, well suited to clipping.

Where to grow

Native to southwestern France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco, Portuguese laurel is widely planted in the UK as a hedge and for screening in gardens and parks.

It is one of the hardiest of the introduced evergreens and will cope successfully with the coldest of winters.

Did you know?

Although superficially resembling bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, the true laurel, in the Lauraceae family), the two plants are in fact unrelated, with Prunus lusitanica being in the rose family (Rosaceae).

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
All Sun levels
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Evergreen
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
June
Scent
Scented Flowers
Thorny?
No
Berries / fruit colour
Black
Hedging
Evergreen Hedge
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Wind break
Suitable for Topiary
Sound Barrier

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
All Sun levels
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Evergreen
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
June
Scent
Scented Flowers
Thorny?
No
Berries / fruit colour
Black
Hedging
Evergreen Hedge
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Wind break
Suitable for Topiary
Sound Barrier

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Richard on 23/03/2020

Interested in buying a Portugal laurel. Are the prices above the only options? Would like something mature.

By Simon on 23/03/2020

Hello Richard,
We have a few other options available here: https://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/products/detail/prunus-lusitanica

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