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Prunus laurocerasus
laurel cherry, cherry-laurel
Specimens
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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

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Tall, evergreen shrub with green twigs and alternate leaves.

Leaves:

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

Flowers:

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

Fruits:

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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