Carolina Cherry Laurel | Drought Tolerant Trees

The Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana), also known as the Bright N Tight Cherry Laurel, flourishes in continuous direct sun exposure once established and create a densely green pyramid shaped top. The leaves are evergreen, lustrous and dark, held on brown thornless stems, which exude the scent of maraschino cherries when broken. Carolina Cherry trees have rapid growth and produce seasonal spring white flowers.

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Water Needs

Well drained soil


Full sun to full shade


25 feet

Growth Rate

12-36 inches per season


Showy, fragrant, white



Pest & Disease

Susceptible to Mites, Borer and Caterpillars, Leaf Spot, Fire Blight and Canker

Fire Resistance


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