The deep green, leathery foliage forms a dense canopy on this hardy evergreen large shrub, or small tree.
Spring to summer, racemes (to 15cm), of fragrant, white flowers form on the ends of branches. The delightful flowers smell of Hawthorn.
The new stems of Portuguese Laurel are red, they then age to pale grey.
Portuguese Laurel is a useful as a screening plant and can be pruned to form a hedge. It can also be used as a specimen or street tree as it has a naturally beautiful form. If it's too big for you as it is, can prune them into standards, or all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Plant Portuguese Laurel in well drained soil in a full sun to lightly shaded position. Portuguese Laurel takes a while to settle in, adding some fertiliser while it is young will help to get it established more quickly, and once it is off, the growth rate increases.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade