(Laurel, cherry laurel)
Evergreen shrub or small tree
8m x 10m
Bird (shelter), bee and hoverfly plant
- Dense, ultimately spreading habit, cherry laurel is widely used for screening.
- Upright spikes of fragrant white flowers, mid- and late spring. Cherry-like red berries ripen to black.
- Good nesting site for birds.
- Bees visit flowers for nectar and pollen. The extra-floral nectaries on the undersides of young leaves are visited by bees when other nectar sources are scarce.
- Nectaries also visited by ants, ichneumon wasps and certain adult hoverflies.
- May also attract the odd adult butterfly.