Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Co.Cork

Laurel / Cherry Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus
Labhras silíní
Family: Rosaceae

Flowering: March-May. Evergreen tree / large shrub. Introduced. Garden escape.

White flowers in erect racemes followed by non-edible black berries. Evergreen shiny-green leathery leaves, small-toothed. Spreads by bird-sown seeds and root suckering. Height to 7m.

Woods, waste ground, roadsides. Widespread garden escape, can be invasive.

P. laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken': Compact cultivar, narrow, pointed leaves, often flowering again in autumn. (Bottom photographs)
     


     
Photographs immediately above: P. laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'. November 2008

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