Prunus laurocerasus 'Zabeliana'
Common name: 
Zabel's Laurel
Pronunciation: 
PROO-nus lar-o-ser-A-sus
Family: 
Rosaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub, 5 ft (1.5 m) x 12-20 ft (3.7-6 m), dense, branches tend toward horizontal.  Leaves alternate, simple, willow-like, narrow margin entire except for a few small teeth near the tip, displayed more or less perpendicular to the stem.  Flowers freely.  Fruit black, round, about 1 cm.
  • Sun to part shade, may not take pruning as well as ‘Otto Luyken’
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6      Introduced in Germany in 1898.   Similar to ‘Schipkaensis’, whose leaves may show a few teeth near the apex, whereas those of ‘Zabeliana’ are entire.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northwest of Withycombe Hall, along 30th St.
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