The priority was to prune the tall Eugenias away from the neighbor’s windows and make them shorter. The Laurel, meanwhile, had some dead branches and was messy. It needed some layering and some shape.
Laurel? Prunus laurocerasus.
What’s in a name?
Prunus, means plum. It’s the same genus as the plum, apricot, cherry, and almond.
Lauro means “laurel” and cerasus means “cherry.” Which is why it is commonly called the Cherry Laurel.
Often used as a hedge. Sometimes used for MURDER.
The Cherry Laurel, unlike its tasty fruiting cousins, is poisonous, though it smells like almonds. It used to be used to flavor milk. After too many accidents with children this practice ended.