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Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
White, in erect racemes up to 12cm long. 5 petals.
Fruit:
Clusters of cherry-like, purplish-black globular berries. Each berry contains a seed. This plant is called Cherry Laurel because the fruit look like cherries and the leaves look like Laurel.
Leaves:
An evergreen shrub. Thick, dark green, shiny, leathery leaves. The undersides of the leaves are pale green. Not hairy.
Maximum Size:
8 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
Most parts of this plant are highly poisonous and can potentially cause death. Symptoms after ingestion may include convulsions and serious breathing difficulties. The leaves and the seeds are the most toxic parts of the plant. Some sources say that the berries can be eaten when ripe but extreme care must be taken not to eat the highly poisonous seeds within them.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
When bruised it gives out Hydrogen Cyanide and smells of bitter almonds.
Other Names:
Common Laurel, English Laurel, Laurel Cherry.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, parkland, scrub, woodland.