PRUNUS LUSITANICA 'MYRTIFOLIA' - Small-Leaved Portugal Laurel

Maximum Height

⬆ 15 ft

Maximum Width

➡ 10 ft

Sun Requirements

☀ Full sun

Quick Facts

  • A slow-growing version of Portugal Laurel with smaller, neater leaves that make it ideal for topiary

  • Scented white flowers in late spring


Originally this broadleaf evergreen laurel was from Spain and Portugal.  This laurel is extensively grown west of the Cascades and is used primarily in that area as a sheared hedge, a single accent piece, or even as a small garden tree once you remove the lower limbs.

The leaves of the Portugal laurel are dark, glossy, and usually around 5 inches long and 2 inches wide.  In the late spring and early summer the plant will develop beautiful small white flowers that bloom in spikes.  After blooming, the flowers will yield clusters of tiny redish or dark purple fruit.  The fruit is unfit for human consumption;  however, once the fruit is ripe, birds will be attracted to them without harm to your plant.

Slower growing than other laurels like the cherry laurel, they are also more tolerant of extreme heat, sun, wind and drought.

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