Prunus caroliniana

Carolina Cherry Laurel
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

20′ x 15-20′


Full to partial sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


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


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


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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