Prunus laurocerasus | Cherry Laurel | Labhras silíní
First reported in the wild
Invasive species - risk of High Impact
Introduction pathways - 1
Escape from Confinement
Introduction pathways subclass - 1
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
Evergreen shrub, up to 10m tall, leaves oblong-ovate 5-15cm, flower white, with purple-black fruit (Stace, 1997).
Outcompete native species and suppresses regeneration by forming thick stands and avoids herbivory by wildlife (Maguire et al., 2008). Grows in association with Rhododendron ponticum.
Woodland, forest and other wooded land; Mires, bogs & fen; Grasslands and landscapes dominated by forbs, mosses or lichens; Constructed, industrial or other artificial habitats; Inland unvegetated or sparsely vegetated habitats
Spreads by layering and suckering. Fruit may be eaten and dispersed by birds (Reynolds, 2002).
Pathway and vector description
Commonly used plant as shrubbery, escaped from cultivation and has since spread widely (Reynolds, 2002).
Mechanism of impact
Common in woodland, it is considered a threat to a priority habitat namely "Lowland woodland pasture and parkland" (Stokes et al., 2004).
Established - Widespread & Common, locally abundant (Reynolds, 2002).
South west Asia (Maguire et al., 2008).
Date of first record category
Fifty year date category
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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How can you help
Report any sightings to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Follow the code of practice for removal.
Maguire, C.M., Kelly, J. and Cosgrove, P.J. (2008). Best Practice Management Guidelines Rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum and Cherry Laurel Prunus laurocerasus. Prepared for NIEA and NPWS as part of Invasive Species Ireland.
Reynolds, S.C.P. (2002) A catalogue of alien plants in Ireland. National Botanic Gardens. Glasnevin, Dublin.
Stace, C. (1997). New Flora of the British Isles 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Stokes, K., O'Neill, K. & McDonald, R.A. (2004) Invasive species in Ireland. Report to Environment & Heritage Service and National Parks & Wildlife Service. Quercus, Queens University Belfast, Belfast.