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Cherry Laurel

Cherry Laurel
Photo: Delwyn Thomas
Invasive Plant
Cherry Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus

This large evergreen shrub or small tree has lustrous deep green leaves that are large, leathery and oblong with bright green shiny upper surfaces. The veins are distinctly yellow. It has strongly scented tiny creamy white flowers in spring.

It is known to invade sensitive forests where it shades out and replaces native species, reduces biodiversity and degrades habitat for native fauna.

The leaves of this tree are traditionally used to create Anzac wreaths and the foliage is as cut foliage for florists. The leaves, seeds and fruits are highly toxic to humans and may be an irritant to skin and eyes.



  • Clusters of cherry-sized succulent berries ripen from green to purplish black through summer and autumn and are spread by birds.
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Alternative Plants

Photo: Yarralumla Nursery
Alternative Plant Elaeagnus
Elaeagnus macrophylla
Trees and Shrubs

Thus shrub grows to a height of 3m by 3m wide. It has a moderate growth rate and will form an excellent long lived hedge. Silvery fragrant flowers appear in autumn, followed by red scaly fruit. There are excellent variegated forms available.

Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Laurustinus
Viburnum tinus
Trees and Shrubs

Hardy evergreen bushy shrub with masses of small pinkish white flowers followed by small black berriesand dense foliage. It is an excellent hedge or screen plant. Tolerates wind, shade, drought and frost. Also hardy and suitable for coastal areas and is fire retardant. Grows 2-2.5m High by 1.5m wide.

Sasanqua Camellias
Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Sasanqua Camellias
Camellia sasanqua
Trees and Shrubs

These hardy camellias are available in a wide range of height and forms. With single and double blooms in light to deep pinks, white, red and many bi colours available. Choose from sun hardy or shade tolerant varieties.

Your garden centre will have a wide range of selected cultivars suitable for pots, hedging, screens, borders or as a specimen plant.

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