Weed class: monitor list
Native to: Asia and Europe
Is this Weed Toxic?:
Why Is It a Noxious Weed?
This plant is on the monitor list - it is not a listed noxious weed in Washington. Please contact the state weed board to report locations of where plants are found growing outside of ornamental plantings.
How would I identify it?
Large, spreading, evergreen shrub, growing to around 20 feet tall and wide spreading.
Flowers in erect racemes, 2-5 inches long. Flowers white, with 5 petals and about 1 cm wide.
Leaves are alternately arranged, leathery with serrate margins and two glands at the base of the blade near point of attachment with petiole. 2-6 inches long, obovate in shape, and dark to medium green.
Stems have smooth reddish brown to dark brown bark. New stems are green.
Fruit Seed Description
Fruit is a black to purple-black drupe, 0.5" long.
Where does it grow?
Cherry laurel is used in landscape plantings. It has been documented escaping from gardens in western Washington by herbarium specimens in a number of counties.
How Does it Reproduce?
Plants spread by seed and can resprout from cut stems. Birds eat the fruit and can spread seeds into remote areas.