cherry laurel USDA PLANTS Symbol: PRLA5
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Hardwood Trees
Prunus laurocerasus L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Rosales: Rosaceae
Native Range: Temp. Asia, Europe (GRIN);

Appearance
Prunus laurocerasus is a large evergreen shrub or tree that can grow from 10-30 ft. (3-9 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are thick, 3-8 in. (7.6-20.3 cm) long, oblong, pointed at the tip, alternate, and are darker green on top and paler green on the underside.
Flowers
Flowers are found in clusters of small, cream to white, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers with 5 petals and yellow stamens. The blooming period occurs from April to May.
Fruit
Fruits are cherry-like, small purplish black, cone-shaped, clustered fruits.
Ecological Threat
Prunus laurocerasus can be found in woodland edges and in forest areas. It is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Seeds are very toxic to humans and may be fatal if eaten.

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Plant(s); habitat
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Plant(s); habitat
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Flower(s); sprout
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); sprout
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Foliage; flower
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Foliage; flower
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);  leaf
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); leaf
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.


Invasive Listing Sources:
Faith Campbell, 1998
Native Plant Society of Oregon, 2008
Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998
Reichard, Sarah. 1994.  Assessing the potential of invasiveness in woody plants introduced in North America. University of Washington Ph.D. dissertation.