Carolina cherry laurel

Prunus caroliniana

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Carolina cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana)
PREW-nus kare-oh-lin-ee-AY-nah
Genus:  Prunus
Carolina cherry laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree with shiny green leaves and bowl-shaped, fragrant white flowers borne in dense clusters in spring. The fruit is lustrous, cherry-like, and black.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Useful for hedging and screening. Can become weedy.
Care:  Grow in any moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer. Bud cultivars in summer or graft in early spring.
Problems:  Caterpillars, borers, scale insects, aphids, leaf hoppers, nematode, and eriophyid mites. Crown gall, mushroom root rot, canker, dieback, lesions, fireblight, leaf curl, powdery mildew, mosaic and ringspot viruses.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Hedge,
Screening
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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