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Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia'
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common name: Portugal Laurel
synonyms: Prunus lusitanica f. myrtifolia, Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia', Prunus lusitanica 'Pyramidalis'
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Large evergreen, a relatively slow growing form with good bushy foliage of glossy dark green leaves neatly arranged on reddish tinted branchlets. Spikes of small fragrant white flowers in late spring. Eventually makes a dense conical tree if left unpruned.
Will thrive in any well drained soil, even shallow chalky ones. Drought tolerant once established.
Suitable for training as formal heding or even topiary.