Native to the Iberian Peninsula, Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel) is a beautiful, large evergreen shrub or small tree with dark brown bark, glossy dark green, leathery leaves (5 in. long or 12 cm), and stems of a lovely deep rhubarb color.
How do you care for a Portuguese laurel?
It requires full sun to partial shade and soil that will be moist to dry but with no standing water. It is not particular about soil type and will grow just fine next to the ocean. Plant your laurel in a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball.