L., Sp. Pl. 474 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Cherry-laurel.
Evergreen shrub or small tree, glabrous; leaves 5-18 cm long, oblong-obovate, base cuneate or rounded, apex acuminate, dark-green and glossy, sparsely serrate to subentire, thick and coriaceous.
Flowers in racemes, numerous, small; petals c. 4 mm long, white.
Fruit succulent, ovoid, purple-black.
||Prunus laurocerasus leaf and twig showing current and previous year's growth.
Image source: fig 246g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Planted as a shrub and hedge, occasionally spontaneous.
Native to Eurasia.
Flowering time: in late spring.
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