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Prunus laurocerasus
laurel cherry, cherry-laurel, English laurel

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Fields, forest edge, roadsides, wastelots, and other disturbed areas.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, beetles


Tall, evergreen shrub with green twigs and alternate leaves.


Leaves leathery, large, up to 20 cm. long and 6 cm. broad, oval and pointed


Inflorescence a many-flowered, erect, loose raceme; flowers white, about 1 cm. wide; stamens 20-30; pistil 1.


Drupe purple-black.

Accepted Name:
Prunus laurocerasus L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 474. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cerasus laurocerasus (L.) Dum. Cours.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Prunus laurocerasus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Prunus laurocerasus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Prunus laurocerasus information

E-Flora BC: Prunus laurocerasus atlas page

CalPhotos: Prunus laurocerasus photos

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