Prunus caroliniana

Carolina Cherry Laurel
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Large

Mature Height & Spread

20′ x 15-20′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Winter, Spring

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Coastal Conditions, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #7, #15, 24″ Box, 36″ Box

Natural Growth Habit

Conical

Sunset Garden Zones

5-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

7A-9B

Moderate to fast-growing large evergreen shrub or small tree to 20’ tall x 15-20’ wide, or greater with age. This attractive North America native takes well to shearing and is most often used as a large hedge or screening. Exceptionally-glossy, lance-shaped, medium to dark-green foliage is accented with fragrant, brush-like, creamy-white flower clusters late-winter to mid-spring, followed by small, glossy, cherry-like black fruit that is a favorite for various species of birds. This fruit can stain pavement which should be considered when choosing a planting location. While this species in often used as a sheared hedge or screen, it can also be pruned into multi-trunk tree that will eventually develop a rounded canopy with age. Tolerates coastal conditions, urban conditions, wind and heat, though some protection from the hottest afternoon sun in desert climates should be provided. Prefers moderate watering in a well-drained soil. Fully established plantings can survive short periods of drought. Thrives in a partial to full sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 7A-9B
Sunset Zone: 5-24

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