How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Laurel—Prunus spp.
English laurel—Prunus laurocerasus
Family Rosaceae (Rose family)

Plant identification

Laurels are large evergreen shrubs or small trees. They are planted as large screens, hedges, shade trees, or street trees. Dwarf forms are available.

Optimum conditions for growth

Laurels can be grown in most climatic zones. They grow best in full sun to partly shady conditions. They grow fast with ample water. English laurel tends to be vigorous, making it difficult to garden beneath.

Leaves of English laurel
Leaves of English laurel

Pests and disorders of Prunus spp.



Environmental disorders



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