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Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' | Portuguese Laurel - Tree - Clear Stem 120cm - Height 200-210cm - Girth 8-10cm - 25lt

Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' | Portuguese Laurel - Tree - Clear Stem 120cm - Height 200-210cm - Girth 8-10cm - 25lt

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Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia,' commonly known as Portuguese Laurel or Myrtle-leaf Cherry, is a beautiful evergreen tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family. Native to Portugal, it has become a popular ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes around the world. This compact tree can reach a height of about 6-10 feet (2-3 meters) and a spread of 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters), making it ideal for smaller spaces or as a hedging plant.

One of the most striking features of Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' is its glossy, dark green leaves, which have a unique myrtle-like shape. The leaves are lance-shaped, elliptical, and have finely serrated edges. They provide a year-round display of rich green foliage, adding an elegant touch to any setting.

In late spring and early summer, this tree produces small, fragrant, creamy-white flowers in dense, erect clusters. The blossoms are a valuable nectar source for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Once pollinated, the flowers give way to small, round, red to dark-purple berries, adding further visual interest and attracting birds to the garden.

The 'Myrtifolia' variety of Prunus lusitanica is prized for its compact growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, or screens. When planted closely together, the trees form a dense, evergreen barrier, providing privacy and a lush backdrop for other garden elements. Additionally, the tree's dense foliage also acts as a natural sound barrier, reducing noise pollution.

This tree is adaptable to a range of soil types, from sandy to clayey, and prefers well-drained soil. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and is relatively low-maintenance once established. Regular watering during its initial growth period helps establish a strong root system, after which it becomes moderately drought-tolerant.

While generally hardy, Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' may be susceptible to pests like aphids and diseases like leaf spot or powdery mildew. Regular inspections and appropriate measures can prevent these issues from becoming significant problems.

Overall, Prunus lusitanica 'Myrtifolia' is a charming and versatile tree that adds a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape, whether as a focal point, a hedge, or a beautiful backdrop for other plants. Its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and wildlife-friendly berries make it a favorite among gardeners seeking an evergreen tree with year-round interest.

  • Common Name

    Portuguese Laurel 'Myrtifolia', Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    small, fragrant, creamy-white flowers

  • Foliage

    narrow, long, glossy, dark green leaves

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

Clear Stem

Preferred Location


East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period


late spring, early summer


all year



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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