Scientific Name Synonyms
- Prunus laurocerasus is a large evergreen shrub or tree that can grow from 10-30 ft. (3-9 m) tall.
- Leaves are thick, 3-8 in. (7.6-20.3 cm) long, oblong, pointed at the tip, alternate, and are darker green on top and paler green on the underside.
- Flowers are found in clusters of small, cream to white, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers with 5 petals and yellow stamens. The blooming period occurs from April to May.
- Fruits are cherry-like, small purplish black, cone-shaped, clustered fruits.
- Ecological Threat
- Prunus laurocerasus can be found in woodland edges and in forest areas. It is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Seeds are very toxic to humans and may be fatal if eaten.
- King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Water and Land Resources Division
- Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
- University of Connecticutt Database of Trees, Shrubs and Vines
- Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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