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Prunus lusitanica Myrtifolia

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Portuguese laurel

Makes a tough evergreen hedge

'Myrtifolia' is a slower growing and more compact version of the traditional Portuguese Laurel

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 180 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 180 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Light sandy, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist, Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage or informal garden, Garden edging, Mediterranean-climate plants, Patio container plants