Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia
Prunus laur. Rotundifolia is an evergreen shrub, or small tree, which features large glossy green oval leaves. It is a vigorous and dense shrub, leading to it's popularity as a hedging plant, which can, if left unchecked, grow 5 metres high and 2 to 4 metres wide. However, annual pruning will keep it to whatever size is desired, and Cherry Laurel, as it is sometimes known, can be cut back extremely hard and will almost always recover. Racemes of small white fragrant flowers are produced in mid to late spring, followed by small cherry red fruits which gradually ripen to black. Useful plant which will survive in most soil types and any aspect, in sunlight or even quite a shady position.