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Danae racemosa

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Alexandrian Laurel (Danae racemosa) at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Alexandrian Laurel

Alexandrian Laurel

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Alexandrian Laurel (Danae racemosa) at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Alexandrian Laurel foliage

Alexandrian Laurel foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Poet's Laurel

Description:

This low light shrub is excellent used as groundcover in a shady area; lusterous foliage cuttings are long lasting for flower arrangements; foliage will discolor in prolonged sun

Ornamental Features

Alexandrian Laurel is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent tomato-orange berries in mid fall. It has attractive forest green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Alexandrian Laurel is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alexandrian Laurel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Alexandrian Laurel will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Alexandrian Laurel makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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