Cherry Laurel
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Cherry Laurel
E Introduced Photo: Akhtar Malik
Common name: Cherry Laurel, Common Laurel, English Laurel
Botanical name: Prunus laurocerasus    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Cerasus laurocerasus, Prunus grandifolia

Cherry Laurel is an evergreen shrub or small to medium-sized tree, growing to 5-15 m tall, rarely up to 18 m, with a trunk up to 60 cm broad. The flower buds appear in early spring and open in early summer in erect 7-15 cm long racemes of 30-40 flowers. Each flower is 1 cm across, with five creamy-white petals and numerous yellowish stamens, and with a sweet smell. The leaves are dark green, leathery, shiny, 10-25 cm long and 4-10 cm broad, with a finely sawtoothedd margin. The leaves can have the scent of almonds when crushed. The fruit is a small cherry 1-2 cm broad, turning black when ripe in early autumn. Cherry Laurel is native to SE Europe to Iran.

Identification credit: Akhtar Malik Photographed in Kashmir University Botanical Garden.

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