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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Portugal laurel cherry bay
Portuguese laurel cherry
Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark
P. lusitanica is a large evergreen shrub or small tree of spreading habit, the dark red shoots bearing deep green ovate leaves. Small, fragrant white flowers in racemes to 25cm in length in early summer, are followed by small, dark purple fruits
Toxicity Leaves and fruit may be harmful if ingested
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Higher than 12 metres
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in any moist but well-drained moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Superb hedging shrub and even thrives on poor, shallow, chalky soils
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
Pruning Pruning group 8 including hedges pruned in late spring or early summer
Pests Leaves may be damaged by vine weevil and leaf-mining moths
May be affected by powdery mildews
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