Collection: Portuguese Laurel Trees | Prunus Lusitanica | Over the fence Screening

The Prunus lusitanica, commonly known as Portuguese Laurel, is an evergreen tree renowned for its glossy, dark green leaves and small, fragrant white flowers. It thrives in most soil types, enjoys full sun to partial shade, and is popular for hedging due to its dense, compact growth habit. Ideal option for screening out the neighbours over standard 6ft fence 

Portuguese Laurel Tree: Resilient, Lush, and Elegant

Portuguese Laurel Tree (Prunus lusitanica) is well-known for its lush, evergreen foliage, perfect for creating beautiful, low-maintenance hedges. Its adaptability and resilience make it an excellent choice for any garden. With Portuguese laurel trees, your garden will stay vibrant and attractive year-round with minimal effort.

Portuguese Laurel Tree Sale UK: Arundel Arboretum

If you are looking to buy Portuguese laurel tree, visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery! We are located in the heart of West Sussex, in the historic town of Arundel near Chichester.

Our experts are ready to guide you through our impressive selection of Portuguese laurel trees and help you find the perfect match for your landscape. They will also provide guidance on care, planting, and nurturing to ensure your new tree thrives in the new environment.

If you’d prefer to buy Portuguese laurel trees online, visit our web store to explore our carefully curated selection of large and small Portuguese laurel trees for sale. Find your ideal tree and let us handle the rest! With us, buying Portuguese laurel trees has never been easier.

How to Choose Your Portuguese Laurel Tree?

Here are some Portuguese laurel varieties available in our nursery with their distinct characteristics to help you choose the perfect one for your garden.

Prunus lusitanica | Common Portuguese Laurel

  • Leaves: Large, 5-12 cm long, dark green, red-tinted when young
  • Habit: Dense, upright reaching 3-6 meters

Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' | Portuguese Laurel 'Myrtifolia'

  • Leaves: Smaller, 3-5 cm long, narrower, myrtle-like leaves
  • Habit: Denser and more compact

Prunus Lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ | Portuguese Laurel ‘Angustifolia’

  • Leaves: Narrower and longer, 4-8 cm long, dark green, lancelet-shaped
  • Habit: Slenderer and more upright, columnar growth habit, ideal for narrow spaces
  • Portuguese laurel is available either as a bush, ideal for hedges or as a tree with a clear stem, ideal for landscaping.

Portuguese Laurel Tree Facts to Know:

The terms “standard”, “half-standard”, and “3/4 standard” refer to the height of the clear stem.

  • Standard Portuguese laurel tree has a single, clear stem up to 1.8-2 meters
  • Half-Standard Portuguese laurel tree has a single clear step up to 1-1.2 meters
  • 3/4 Standard Portuguese laurel tree has a single clear stem up to 1.3-1.5 meters

The term “girth” refers to the measurement around the tree trunk usually measured at 1.3m above the ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Portuguese laurel tree growth rate Portuguese laurel grows at a moderate rate, typically about 30 to 60 centimetres per year under ideal conditions.
  • What is the difference between laurel and Portuguese laurel? Common laurel has large, glossy, oblong green leaves and Portuguese laurel has smaller, narrower, more pointed, and darker green leaves with red stems on new growth. Common laurel grows taller and faster than Portuguese laurel which has a more compact and refined growth.
  • Is a Portuguese laurel evergreen? Yes, Portuguese laurel is an evergreen that maintains its green foliage all year round.
  • Is Portuguese laurel easy to grow? Yes, Portuguese laurel is very easy to grow. It can adapt to various soil types, thrives both in full sun and partial shade, and requires minimal attention.
  • How long do Portuguese laurels live? Portuguese laurels are known as long-lived. With proper care, they can thrive for 50 years and more.
  • How big do Portuguese laurel trees get? Portuguese laurel tree height ranges from 3 to 6 meters which makes it ideal for hedges and screens, but also ornamental landscaping.
  • Is there a dwarf Portuguese laurel tree UK? Yes, there are dwarf varieties of Portuguese laurel available in the UK, such as Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia'.
  • Are Portuguese laurels hardy? Yes, Portuguese laurels are very hardy and adaptable. They can tolerate exposed positions, harsh winds, intense sunlight, and temperatures as low as -23 degrees Celsius.
  • Can you plant laurels close to a house?
    Laurel trees don’t have large root systems and can be planted close to a house. Still, they need sufficient space for growth and should not be planted directly against an external wall. It is recommended to leave around 40cm between the wall and a hedge plant for optimal growth and maintenance.
  • How many laurels per metre should I plant? For a dense hedge, Portuguese laurel trees should be planted about 50 centimetres apart or 2 plants per metre. If planted this way, they will form a thick and lush barrier.
  • What are the ideal growing conditions for Portuguese laurel tree UK? Portuguese laurel thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil, but it can tolerate a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and chalky soils. However, it is important to avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Is Portuguese laurel poisonous? If ingested, berries and leaves are slightly poisonous to humans.
  • Is there a Portuguese laurel tree for sale near me? If you’re looking to buy a Portuguese laurel tree near you, your search can end here! Visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery in Arundel, Chichester, South of England, to explore our top-quality Portuguese laurel trees from our Portuguese laurel tree farm. Or, browse our online store and find your ideal Portuguese laurel tree for sale there. We’ll handle the rest.
    If you have any questions about the Portuguese laurel tree sale UK or if you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Arundel Arboretum Ltd Scotland Barn Chichester Road Arundel West Sussex BN18 0AD

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