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Myrtifolia flowering cherry

Prunus lusitanica
The Portuguese Laurel forms a small spreading tree, easy to grow, and ideal for patios.

USDA identification images for Myrtifolia

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Myrtifolia tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Prunus species - Flowering cherry


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
    • Fruit colour: Purple
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering month: June
    • Annual cycle: Evergreen
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
    • Leaf colour - young: Green
    • Country of origin: Spain
    • Flower size: Small
    • Fruit size: Small
    • Country of origin: Portugal


    • Wildlife: Attractive to birds
    • Garden type: Small town garden


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Vigour: Slightly small
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Growth rate: Average
    • Attractive features: Attractive foliage
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Chalky
    • Soil type: Clay
    • Pruning: Prune hard
    • Height after 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
    • Useful for: Patio containers
    • Useful for: Topiary
    • Useful for: Hedging
    • Flowering season: Late


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H5 (to -15C)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

    Where to buy trees

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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