cherry laurel

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Related to cherry laurels: Prunus laurocerasus
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Synonyms for cherry laurel

frequently cultivated Eurasian evergreen shrub or small tree having showy clusters of white flowers and glossy foliage and yielding oil similar to bitter almond oil

small flowering evergreen tree of southern United States

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The laurels or cherry laurels were Lauro-cerasus." Johnson said the botanists finally decided to put all the trees back into the single genus Prunus because, "They all have a single female organ in a five-petalled flower, and consequently a single-stoned fruit."
The evergreen cherries include Prunus lusitanica of Portugal and Prunus laurocerasus, the cherry laurel. Prunus avium includes the beautiful ornamental trees, wonderful timber that is prized for quality furniture, and fruit that is favored for use in specialty jams and the drink Kirsch.
The writer Colette expresses this same ambiguity in the form of a half-question at the end of a remarkable sentence in which she recalls her childhood impressions of her mother's garden: "Apart from a curve of earth, apart from a thicket of cherry laurels topped by a ginko tree--I used to give its ray-shaped leaves to my schoolmates who would dry them between the pages of the atlas--the whole warm garden thrived in a yellow light quivering with reds and violets, yet I couldn't tell whether this red, this violet, hinged, still hinge, on a sentimental happiness or on an optical dazzlement."