Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)
Native: Eastern Europe near the Caspian Sea
Location: Cultivated throughout Europe from the 16th and 17 Centuries onwards as an ornamental.
Shrub. Height to over 6m. Many cultivated varieties are available with different growth habits, leaf sizes and colours.
Leaves are glossy green and leathery with a few minute teeth on the edges.
Flowers open in April, each about 0.8cm across in spikes 7.5-12.25cm long.
Fruits are about 1.2cm long, ripening to black from green and red in September.