Carolina Cherry Laurel is a lovely, evergreen small tree or large shrub which performs beautifully in North Central Texas. It’s latin name is Prunus caroliniana and it grows naturally throughout the Southern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Texas.
Here is a group of 3 trees growing in our yard. I’ve included Miss Kitty in the picture for scale. These trees vary in height from 8-1/2 to 12 feet.
Here is another which we keep severely trimmed so it can grow at our gate but still allows us to go through with a full wheelbarrow. This specimen (the photo on the left) is about 6 feet tall and only extends from the fence about 1 foot.
The photo on the right shows the same tree, but you can see that the growth is open, airy and very pretty against a chain link fence. The tree is shaped to a width of about 4 feet.