Prunus laurocerasus L.
  • Species plantarum, edition 1
  • Common cherry laurel, laurel cherry

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Prunus laurocerasus L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 14 Jul 2020'

General Information

Shrubs or trees, sometimes suckering, 20–60(–100) dm, not thorny. Twigs with terminal end buds, glabrous. Leaves persistent; petiole 5–15 mm, glabrous, eglandular; blade elliptic to obovate, 6–18 × 3–7 cm, base cuneate to obtuse, margins remotely serrulate or nearly entire, teeth blunt, glandular, apex abruptly short-acuminate, ?apicula acute?, surfaces glabrous, ?abaxial glandular, glands 1–several, proximal, flat, circular to oval?. Inflorescences 26–32-flowered, racemes; central axes (35–)55–130 mm, ?leafless at bases?. Pedicels 1–5 mm, glabrous. Flowers blooming before leaf emergence; hypanthium cupulate, 3–4 mm, glabrous externally; sepals spreading, triangular, 0.7–1.2 mm, margins usually entire, sometimes with deciduous glands, ?ciliate in spots?, surfaces glabrous or hairy; petals white, obovate or broadly elliptic to suborbiculate, 3–5 mm; ovaries glabrous. Drupes deep purple-red to nearly black, ovoid to conic-ovoid, 13–17 mm, glabrous; mesocarps fleshy to leathery; stones ovoid, not flattened.

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    Other Local Names

    Common cherry laurel, laurel cherry

     Information From

    Flora of North America @
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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    Global Tree Assessment
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    International Union for Conservation of Nature v.3
    IUCN 2019. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-1.
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    IUCN 2016. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2
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