Portuguese Laurel hedge (Prunus lusitanica) description
Evergreen Prunus lusitanica displays pointed, glossy green leaves that contrast well with the maroon-purple stems. The stems are often green however in younger plants, or those grown in lower light or cooler conditions. In the summer, small fragrant white flowers appear on this Laurel hedging, followed by red berries in the autumn that soon turn black. Both the flowers and berries of Portuguese Laurel hedging are popular with wildlife, such as birds and bees, providing additional seasonal interest.
Most popular uses for Portugal Laurel
Prunus lusitanica creates a great privacy screen, as it is fast-growing, has a spreading habit and the foliage is compact, also making it ideal for use as a windbreak. A Portuguese Laurel hedge looks fitting in a formal setting and is often used for garden situations, although it also looks lovely when planted to create an informal or cottage garden feature. Portugal Laurel is a very versatile and hardy evergreen hedging variety; tolerating drought and poor, shallow soils, making it a hardier choice than even the popular Cherry Laurel.
Combine Laurel hedging with
Grown alone, a Portuguese Laurel hedge can create a handsome feature. However, if you’re more interested in a combination of plants for additional impact, then take a look at our Tapestry Hedging. These carefully selected packs of hedge plants are chosen for their ability to complement one another and provide a varied and colourful hedge.
Growth rate of Prunus lusitanica
Portuguese Laurel hedging has an average to fast growth rate and will achieve approximately 40-60cm a year. The ideal height for a Portuguese Laurel hedge is anything up to 5m.
Care and pruning advice for Portuguese Laurel hedges
A Portuguese laurel hedge is relatively low maintenance. Prunus lusitanica simply requires a light trim, once a year, in late summer to remove any damaged or congested shoots. Please view our Hedging Care Advice page for more information.
Planting density recommendations for Portuguese Laurel hedge plants
For information on specific planting density regarding your Prunus lusitanica hedge, please see the product table. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.
Portugal laurel is available to buy year-round as pot grown plants. Prunus lusitanica root balls are also available for pre-order and will be delivered from early autumn onwards.
On the whole, our Portuguese Laurel hedge plants are UK grown by our experts who are well versed in nursery growing know-how. When we do source Prunus lusitanica from outside the UK, we make every effort to ensure our supplier's standards meet our high expectations. At best4hedging, we strive to ensure that your Laurel hedging plants arrive in the freshest condition and that they are of the best quality, all whilst maintaining our superb prices. Rest assured you can buy Portuguese Laurel hedging online, with complete confidence in the service and products you will receive.