Carolina Cherry Laurel_24"
An evergreen tree or shrub native to North Carolina, Prunus caroliniana “Compacta” makes an outstanding addition to the landscape when a small tree is desired. Growing to approximately 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, they are best in Western Garden zones 5-24 and are particularly successful in coastal climates but tolerate desert heat, especially if a bit of shade makes itself available. Prunus Carolina “Compacta” are drought tolerant once established but regular watering during the early years yields faster growing plants. Lustrous bright green leaves have wavy edges and are 2-4 inches long. On this dwarf variety, the branches are more closely spaced than on the species. In spring, small fragrant white flowers borne in racemes appear. Black berries finalize the annual cycle. All parts of the Carolina Cherry are quite poisonous, making these reliably deer resistant but beware planting them where livestock or pets graze. Conversely, it is the perfect host for birds, bees, and butterflies. The leaves smell like cherries when crushed hence the common name. Prunus caroliniana is fire defensible and is a beautiful choice for those seeking a small and relatively care-free tree.
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- Botanical Name: PRUNUS caroliniana Compacta
- USDA Zones: 7, 8, 9, 10
- Water: Moderate, Low
- Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Mature Height: 15' to 20'
- Mature Spread: 6' to 8'
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