Prunus laurocerasus


Common Name: Cherry Laurel

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Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for Honeybees and Bumblebees and Butterflies. The leaves of this species also have extrafloral nectaries on their undersides which Honeybees are particularly attracted to. And these are mainly found on the younger leaves, so in order to preserve these leaves, if the tree needs to be pruned, it is best to take out older wood branches as opposed to a topiary/overall trim which removes the younger growth. Pollinated by bees and butterflies.
Flowering time: April, May, June.
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB growing to 6 m (19ft) by 10 m (32ft). Thrives in the British climate, liking many soils ranging from alkaline to acid, moist and well drained and tolerating shade. Suitable as hedging, and left unclipped prior to and during flowering/fruiting. Or unclipped in a large garden; this can become rampant but if you have the space this is a boon for Honeybees. Hardy to minus 23ºC. Produces attractive clusters of white flowers in profusion. The fruit ripens in September and can be eaten raw or cooked, and is sweet when fully ripe – though any bitter fruit should be discarded along with all the seeds – which are toxic. The leaves when crushed have the smell of almonds containing the same toxin (cyanogenic glycosides) as the seeds. It is noted for attracting wildlife.