Prunus laurocerasus

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: laurocerasus
Scientific Name
Prunus laurocerasus
L.
Scientific Name Synonym
Laurocerasus officinalis
M. Roem.
Common Names

cherry laurel

Overview

Appearance
Prunus laurocerasus is a large evergreen shrub or tree that can grow from 10-30 ft. (3-9 m) tall.
Foliage
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
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.
Fruit
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.

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