Prunus laurocerasus L.

Cherry Laurel

Sp. Pl. 474 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Widely spreading, glabrous evergreen shrub or tree to c. 8 m high; young twigs and petioles pale green. Leaves oblong-elliptic or narrowly ovate to narrowly obovate, mostly 9–18 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acuminate, margins irregularly and rather distantly serrate to subentire (then usually with a few teeth toward the apex), lower surface usually with 1–3 small circular glands near the petiole; petiole c. 1 cm long. Flowers numerous, in suberect axillary racemes usually 8–15 cm long; pedicels c. 5 mm long. Sepals obtuse, short; petals obovate, dull white. Drupe ovoid, c. 12 mm long, glabrous, purplish-black, inedible. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

*CVU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *Strz, *VAlp. Also naturalised SA, NSW, ACT. Native to Balkan region of Europe. Noted as naturalised in cool montane forest at e.g. Sassafras, Gembrook, Beenak and near Strathbogie.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Prunus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prunus laurocerasus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prunus laurocerasus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales