“Prunus lusitanica ‘Brenelia’ is a is an elegant, evergreen, recent variety of Portuguese laurel with its appearance and use being very similar to the Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins.

It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. It can reach a height of between 3 and 6 metres tall.

The young stems are a conspicuous dark-burgundy colour, contrasting nicely with the dark green glossy leaf. The blossom comprises of numerous clusters of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. proceeded by black berry fruit.

It loves full sun but will thrive almost anywhere but it should be noted doesn’t like extreme cold where leaf damage is possible. Prefers moist soil but can tolerates periods of summer drought.  The soil is preferably acidic, well-drained, and rich in organic matter.

Thanks to the firm, leathery leaf, the tree is very wind resistant and can also tolerate sea wind. Ideal for any garden size and, like a lot of laurels, is ideal for hedging and screening.”