Cherry Laurel

Name: Cherry Laurel

Scientific name: Prunus laurocerasus

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A shrub of woodland edge and hedgerows, also frequently planted in gardens and parks.

How to identify: Evergreen, with glossy green leaves, small white flowers and dark red-black berries.

Where: Widespread

Fantastic fact: When crushed, the leaves smell of almonds. That is cyanide, found in many parts of this very poisonous plant.

Photograph credit: Maggie


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