Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.7 m), upright, rounded. Leaves opposite, simple, narrowly ovate to oblong, 4-10 cm long, entire, lustrous dark green above, paler beneath, line on stem connecting petioles. Flowers pink in bud, open white, in clusters 5-10 cm across, blooms in late winter. Fruit metallic blue, matures to black, ovoid, 6 mm long.
- Sun to part shade. Withstand considerable shade and salt spray.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7-8)9 (see 'cold injury' image) Native to southern Europe, especially the Mediterranean region and northern Africa. It has been in cultivation in England for some 500 years.
- Some of the cultivars include:
- ‘Bewley's Variegated’ - has green leaves with cream-yellow edging, grows to 5 ft (1.5 m).
- ‘Spring Bouquet’ (‘Compactum’, ‘Compact Spring Bouquet’) - a popular cultivar, grows to 3-5 ft tall (0.9-1.5 m) with an equal spread.
- ‘Robustum’ - (Roundleaf Laurustinus) grows as large as the species, has larger leaves (10 cm) and pink flowers.
- Corvallis: hedge between the Corvallis Library parking lot and Jackson Ave.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast and southwest of Ag. and Life Sciences.
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