An evergreen shrub, frequently planted in parks and gardens, and now well-established in woods, scrub and on waste ground. It is frequently self-sown. Lowland.
P. lusitanica, cultivated in Britain by 1648, is less commonly planted than P. laurocerasus. It was noted in the wild by 1927, and may be unevenly recorded.
Native of the Iberian peninsula.
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