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Cherry Laurel, Carolina Laurel cherry, Carolina cherry, Laurel cherry


Carolina Laurel Cherry is grown as an evergreen shrub or tree standard, favored for its shiny green foliage. However, the flower and fruit litter is a problem in paved areas, and it may reseed unwantedly. It withstands heat, dryness and wind, and is quite durable once established. Variety Compacta generally grows 8-10 tall. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25.

Native range: Southeastern United States

Horticultural use: Screen or Hedged or Topiary


Tree shape: Conical or Rounded

Foliage type: Evergreen

Maximum tree height: 30 feet

Canopy width: 15-25 feet

Growth rate: ~36 in/year

Leaf arrangement and form: Alternate, Simple

Leaf/leaflet shape: Spear-shaped

Leaf color: Green

Flowers: Showy, Fragrant

Flower color: White.

Flower type: Has male and female reproductive parts in each flower (perfect)

Flowering time: Winter or Spring

Fruit: Black Drupe

Fruiting time: Winter, Spring or Summer

Bark: Dark Gray or Light Gray, Smooth

Litter: Wet Fruit, Flowers


Planting area: 5′ to 10′

Water use: Medium

Sunset zones: 5 – 24

USDA zones: 7, 8, 9, 10

Sun exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun

Soil texture: Loam or Sand or Clay

Soil pH: Very Acidic to Slightly Alkaline

Soil salinity tolerance: Coastal Moderate

Salt spray tolerance: Moderate


Branch strength: Medium

Root damage potential: Low

Potential health issues: Allergy, Poisonous

Biogenic emissions: Low

Wildlife interactions: Tree is deer resistant and attracts bees, birds

Disease and pest susceptibility: Armillaria, Fire Blight, Root Rot, Rust and Scales

Powerline friendly: No

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