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PRUNUS caroliniana (BRIGHT 'N TIGHT™)

Image of Prunus caroliniana 'Monus' (BRIGHT 'N TIGHT™)

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS caroliniana 'Monus'(BRIGHT 'N TIGHT™)

Plant Common Name

Bright 'n Tight™ Carolina Cherrylaurel, Carolina Cherrylaurel

General Description

Carolina cherry laurel is a large pyramidal evergreen shrub or small tree native to the southeastern U.S. Its cultivar Bright ‘N Tight™ features a compact dense habit and small, dark green, lustrous leaves. Clusters of small, unpleasantly fragrant, creamy white flowers bloom in late winter to midspring. Glossy black cherry-like fruit follows, which is relished and disseminated by birds.

Bright ‘N Tight™ succeeds in well drained soil in sun or partial shade, and tolerates seaside conditions. Use it as a specimen, a screen, or a pruned hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Fall, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Red, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes