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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