Portuguese LaurelPrunus lusitanica
Do you need a solid evergreen hedge? Portuguese Laurel hedge plants have smaller, darker leaves compared to the common laurel. In early summer, they produce pencil-like spikes of creamy-white flowers. Winter exposes their rich, burgundy-coloured leaf stalks. Portuguese Laurel is just as hardy as common laurel but slower growing.
Portuguese Laurel hedge plants grow in most situations including semi shade. However they do not tolerate waterlogged ground or salt spray, including salt splash off a road from gritting.