Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Large evergreen tree to 7 m high. Leaves more or less elliptic 70-140 by 25-60 mm, and on short petioles 15-25 mm long, more or less purplish. Leaves glossy above and below, with slightly impressed veins above, leaf margins finely toothed. Inflorescence a fairly dense raceme of 47-77 white flowers. Fruit 10-12 mm long, ovoid, smooth glossy purplish black.
With P. laurocerasus, P. lusitanica is in the sub genus Laurocerasus (Cherry Laurels) these are distinguished from other prunus species by the evergreen leaves and pedicellate flowers. P lusitanica can be distinguished from P. laurocerasus by the crenate-serrate leaf margin, more or less purplish petioles and the leaves usually smaller than the racemes.
Spain, Portugal, Azores
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Seed are spread by birds (Webb et al 1988).
Young plants are shade tolerant.