Native to Asia
Hot, subject to frost
Pests & Problems:
The root system can lift walls, fences, sidewalks, & pool decking
Water and fertilize young trees
The Laurel de India has a rounded dense crown, smooth grey bark, milky sap, provides maximum shade, and is evergreen with shiny/glossy – textured foliage. The bloom is inconspicuous and propagation is from woody stem cuttings. These fast growing trees can be maintained as shrubbery, pruned and shaped as in the SMA Jardins, or left to spread as high as 60 feet. The tree will suffer frost damage; the leaves will burn and turn brown, however the tree can withstand severe pruning to rid exterior damage. It is the Laurel, which was used to make crowns for the victors in the Apollo Games, to show academic honors, and to show distinction and fame; especially in the plural, as to win laurels.