Sunday 15th October 2017
Cherry Laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus)
Forming a dense evergreen shrub cherry laurel has been used for hedging and for ground cover, at Greenacres it was most certainly planted as habitat for the pheasants on site. The leaves are dark green, have a shiny coating and grow in pairs along the branches of the laurel. It is known as the cherry laurel due to its small (under an inch) fruits which turn black when they are mature. Unfortunately laurel contains a compound of cyanide which is deadly if swallowed and produces the smell of almonds when crushed, the characteristic smell of cyanide. This species also inhibits the growth of other plants due to its dense foliage preventing light from reaching saplings.
By Tom Cowley
Fun fact; In the language of the flowers cherry laurel is the flower of perfidy, or deceitfulness.