Carolina Cherry Laurel 'Compacta'

Prunus caroliniana

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: caroliniana (kair-oh-lin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Compacta




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Burbank, California

Niceville, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

New Orleans, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Conroe, Texas

Garland, Texas

Long Beach, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2012, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a truly awesome cultivar. PlantFiles' maximum height field needs to be adjusted. I planted mine as a 15-gallon tree in 2010 and it has already climbed to almost 8 feet. It has a wonderful, natural teardrop/flame shape, beautiful bark, and super-glossy, dark leaves. I really have to keep emphasizing how beautiful and silky the leaves are; I could just run my fingers over them all day. Just an essential plant all around, and much more manageable in size than the standard species. Evergreen; needs zero water once established.