Prunus

Prunus, more commonly known as Laurel, are fairly common in gardens and communal plots of land. They are ideal for showcasing on their own, for use as hedging, or as part of a border if maintained.

The shrubs must be regularly pruned as they can reach heights and widths of eight metres and can be quite vigorous. In some case however, the maximum height will take fifty years to reach.

They can be placed in full or part sun and are happy in any situation as long as the soil is well-drained. In Autumn, berries can appear on female plants and are coloured black or red.

As they grow fairly thick once matured, birds often use them for nesting. Bees and butterflies will also make use of the flowers (which appear in Spring) and leaves making them especially good for wildlife.

Laurel are generally evergreen, but can also be deciduous.