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Mountain laurel and other laurels of the genus Kalmia have poisonous leaves, as does cherry laurel, a common garden shrub of the genus Prunus. Bay laurel is not closely related to either of these plants and is a source of the bay leaves used in cooking.


The Carolina cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana, produces berries that are toxic to humans, dogs and livestock but safe for birds. English laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, and mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, are also toxic, and the latter is particularly dangerous to live...


A cherry laurel tree is a hardy evergreen that grows up to 40 feet tall. It has glossy, yellow-green to dark-green leaves and white flowers that appear in bunches on long stalks. Once the tree has flowered, it produces a blue-black fruit.


The white and pink blossoms of Kalmia latifolia, commonly known as the mountain laurel, bloom each spring across the Pennsylvania countryside. Native to the mountainous areas of that state, the mountain laurel's spring floral display is an annual Pennsylvania tourist at...


A crown of laurels is a wreath or garland of laurel leaves worn in ancient Greek and Roman times as a symbol of victory or status. The laurel tree was sacred to the god Apollo, and a wreath of laurel leaves was given as the prize at the Pythian games, a forerunner of th...


Laurel can be pruned during any time of the year; however, it is recommended that laurel be pruned in the dryer summer months. It is possible for cankers to form where the branches have been cut. Cankers are small infections that can be exacerbated by dampness.


Leaf spot, drought, frost damage and environmental conditions are some reasons laurel leaves turn brown. Laurel is affected by leaf spot, causing yellowing and browning of the leaf tissue and irregular blotches, lesions and spots. New plants are most susceptible to drou...