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The laurels we offer are actually cherry-laurels (Prunus) and not true laurels (Laurus). They are beautiful broadleaf evergreens with long, lustrous, dark green leaves and spikes of fragrant white flowers that develop into dark red to black berries in the late summer and fall.
Cherry-laurels are native to coastal areas of the Iberian Peninsula, southeastern Europe, and Asia Minor. They all adapt well to a variety of soils and coastal environments, and are particularly deer resistant. These trees are excellent as specimens, privacy hedges, screens, and windbreaks.

Schip laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’) has darker green leaves than the species and makes a dense, narrow hedge. It can tolerate cold better than the species, grows moderately fast, and does well in both sun and shade. Schip laurel is a favorite for privacy hedges, windbreaks, woodland gardens, or borders.

English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) has glossy, dark green leaves and a profusion of white flowers in the spring. It is exceptionally fast growing, and does well in both sun and partial shade. English laurel makes an excellent specimen, privacy hedge, windbreak, or border.

Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) has beautiful deep green leaves, spikes of white flowers in the spring, and colorful red leaf stems. It can tolerate heat better than the species, is moderately fast growing, and does well in sun and partial shade. Portuguese laurel is a superb privacy hedge, windbreak, border or specimen.