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PlantFiles: Carolina Cherry Laurel
Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta'

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

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer

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

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1 positive
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No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Fires_in_motion 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.

Regional...

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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