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common name: Spurge laurel
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade, shade
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Bushy evergreen with glossy, leathery, dark green leaves. Clusters of slightly fragrant, pale green or yellow-green flowers in late winter and early spring, later followed by fleshy black fruits.
Well drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably neutral or slightly acid or alkaline. Full sun or part shade but will tolerate deep shade.
Native of the Mediterranean area and the Azores.