A thick, tightly compact evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery leaves that is often used to form high hedges, the Laurel is a member of the genus Prunus. When grown individually the laurel may become too large for small gardens, but in larger spaces it can be ideal for creating hedges or other barriers thanks to its thick foliage.
Its flowers are white, bloom in the spring, and are clustered in spikes. The odor of the flowers is unfortunately unpleasant, but since they bloom only on ripe wood, it is sufficient to prune the branches to prevent flowering.
In the fall, the flowers produce berries that birds love; thus those who wish to attract birds may choose to plant laurels in their gardens. Some varieties of the laurel plant that produce smaller leaves can also be grown as potted plants.