Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)
Native: Spain and Portugal
Location: Rare in the wild, found mainly along mountain streams. Cultivated for ornament in gardens in most of Europe.
Leaves are smaller than Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), and softer, glossy green above shallowly toothed.
Flowers open in June in profusion each about 1.2cm across in spikes 15-25cm long.
Fruits are cone-shaped, about 0.8cm long, ripening to dark purple in October.