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Prunus laurocerasus
laurel cherry, cherry-laurel
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced ornamental, occasionally escaping west of the Cascades in Washington.

Habitat: Waste areas.

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


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.

E-Flora BC: Prunus laurocerasus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prunus laurocerasus photos.

USDA Plants: Prunus laurocerasus information.

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