Cherry laurel

Cherry laurel

Common name: Cherry laurel

Scientific name: Prunus laurocerasus

Hazard associated: Leaves, fruit and seed are toxic if ingested.

Notes: Cherry laurel fruit

  • Children may be attracted to the berries which change from green to red to black.
  • Used for landscaping purposes e.g. hedges, street trees as it is a hardy, attractive plant
  • May become an invasive weed in parts of Australia.
  • Leaves are sometimes mistaken for Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) which has led to cases of poisoning.
  • The leaves and seeds contain cyanogenic glycoside and amygdalin hence having  the “typical almond smell” of cyanide when macerated. It is even dangerous to shred clippings from this plant.

 Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_laurocerasus

Image credits:

“Prunus laurocerasus fruit detail – geograph.org.uk – 567699” by Evelyn Simak. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prunus_laurocerasus_fruit_detail_-_geograph.org.uk_-_567699.jpg#/media/File:Prunus_laurocerasus_fruit_detail_-_geograph.org.uk_-_567699.jpg