Prunus laurocerasus is an evergreen shrub from the Rosaceae family of plants. It is native Black Sea regions, southwestern Asia, and southeastern Europe, Caucasus, and Northern Iran. They also call it Cherry Laurel, Common Laurel, Versailles Laurel, or English Laurel.
Prunus laurocerasus is an evergreen species of cherry. The epithet “laurocerasus” refers to the leaves being similar to bay laurel, which is not related. It has dense erect branches. The foliage is a dark green that grows to 6in or 15cm. The creamy-white flowers appear in mid-summer. They are fragrant. Purplish-black berries follow the flowers.
How to grow Prunus laurocerasus:
Grow Prunus laurocerasus in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in organically rich, moist but well-drained soil. Some shade is critical in hot climates. Prune if necessary after flowering. Propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings or by seed. Prunus laurocerasus is easy growing and it is generally disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for vine weevil, leaf-mining moths, or powdery mildew. Leaves and fruits are toxic to humans.