Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia [Caucasus], Northern Caucasus, Romania, Slovakia,
Serbia & Kosovo, Turkey (N-Anatolia, NE-Anatolia, NW-Anatolia: Bithynia,
S-Anatolia, WN-Anatolia), Iran (N-Iran), Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, England (I),
Corsica (I), Croatia (c), France (I), Ireland (I), Northern Ireland (I),
Switzerland (c), Spain (I), Italy (I), Portugal (I), Sardinia (c), Sicily (c),
Australia (I) (South Australia (I), New South Wales (I)), New Guinea (I),
Madeira (I), USA (I) (California (I), Oregon (I), Washington State (I)), Canada
(I) (British Columbia (I)), Argentina (I)
as per Catalogue of Life;
 
Evergreen shrub or small tree with oblong shining leathery leaves, remotely denticulate, acuminate, 5-16 cm long, petiole to 8 mm long; flowers white, 5-6 mm across, in ascending racemes; fruit dark purple, ovoid, 12 mm long.  



Prunus laurocerasus, also known as cherry laurel, common laurel and sometimes English laurel in North America, is an evergreen species of cherry (Prunus), native to regions bordering the Black Sea in southwestern Asia and southeastern Europe, from Albania and Bulgaria east through Turkey to the Caucasus Mountains and northern Iran.[4][5]
Prunus laurocerasus is an evergreen shrub or small to medium-sized tree, growing to 5 to 15 metres (16 to 49 ft) tall, rarely to 18 metres (59 ft), with a trunk up to 60cm broad. The leaves are dark green, leathery, shiny, (5–)10–25(–30)cm long and 4–10cm broad, with a finely serrated margin. The leaves can have the scent of almonds when crushed. The flower buds appear in early spring and open in early summer in erect 7–15cm racemes of 30–40 flowers, each flower 1cm across, with five creamy-white petals and numerous yellowish stamens. The fruit is a small cherry 1–2cm broad, turning black when ripe in early autumn.[7][8]  
Prunus laurocerasus is a widely cultivated ornamental plant, used for planting in gardens and parks in temperate regions worldwide. It is often used for hedges, as a screening plant, and as a massed landscape plant. Most cultivars are tough shrubs that can cope with difficult growing conditions, including shaded and dry conditions, and which respond well to pruning.
(From Wikipedia on 13.2.14)


Prunus laurocerasus L., Sp. pl. 1:474. 1753
syn; Cerasus laurocerasus (L.) Loisel.; Laurocerasus officinalis M. Roem.
Common names: Cherry laurel, English laurel
Evergreen shrub or small tree with oblong shining leathery leaves, remotely denticulate, acuminate, 5-16 cm long, petiole to 8 mm long; flowers white, 5-6 mm across, in ascending racemes; fruit dark purple, ovoid, 12 mm long.
Photographed from Iqbal Garden (Hauribaghj), Srinagar Kashmir and from California.

 
 

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Fotos taken during the last years at different times in the year.
The Plants are in the garden of my neighbour on the border. I would not plant them in my garden as I have a pear tree. Kirchlorbeer fosters Birnengitterrost /Gymnosporangium fuscum syn. Gymnosporangium sabina).
Kirchlorbeer is foodplant of Admiral butterfly.
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):    Angiosperms
(unranked):    Eudicots
(unranked):    Rosids
Order:        Rosales
Family:        Rosaceae
Genus:        Prunus
Subgenus:    Cerasus, or Laurocerasus
Section:        Laurocerasus
Species:        P. laurocerasus


 

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Saw this Cherry laurel two years back planted in famous Hazuri Bagh (now Iqbal Garden) in heart of the city, but flowering had finished. Was lucky to click it in flowering and with young fruits. Had seen plenty of it in California.
Prunus laurocerasus L., Sp. pl. 1:474. 1753
syn: Cerasus laurocerasus (L.) Loisel.; Laurocerasus vulgaris Carriè
Common names: Cherry laurel; English laurel
Evergreen shrub or small tree; leaves ovate-lanceolate, shining, leathery, serrate, 8-20 cm long, with almond like smell when crushed; flowers creamy white, 8-10 mm across in erect up to 15 cm long racemes with up to 40 flowers; stamens numerous, protruding with yellow anthers; fruits cherry-like, 12-18 mm across, turning black when mature.
Photographed from Hazuri Bagh (Iqbal Garden in Srinagar on May 7, 2012.


 

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Cherry laurel
Small ornamental shrub grown in Iqbal Garden (Hazuri Bagh) in Srinagar, Kashmir


 
 

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Prunus laurocerasus L., Sp. pl. 1:474. 1753
syn; Cerasus laurocerasus (L.) Loisel.; Laurocerasus officinalis M. Roem.
Common names: Cherry laurel, English laurel
Evergreen shrub or small tree with oblong shining leathery leaves, remotely denticulate, acuminate, 5-16 cm long, petiole to 8 mm long; flowers white, 5-6 mm across, in ascending racemes; fruit dark purple, ovoid, 12 mm long.
Photographed from Iqbal Garden (Hauribaghj), Srinagar Kashmir and from California


 

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Prunus laurocerasus L., Sp. pl. 1:474. 1753
syn; Cerasus laurocerasus (L.) Loisel.; Laurocerasus officinalis M. Roem.
Common names: Cherry laurel, English laurel
Evergreen shrub or small tree with oblong shining leathery leaves, remotely denticulate, acuminate, 5-16 cm long, petiole to 8 mm long; flowers white, 5-6 mm across, in ascending racemes; fruit dark purple, ovoid, 12 mm long.
Photographed from California.


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Bush for ID : Atlanta, Georgia : 11JAN19 : AK-13 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Ornamental bush seen in Atlanta during my visit.


The bush looks close to Portuguese Laurel, Prunus lusitanica, but the green center in the flowers is confusing me.


Could be Cherry Laurel? Just a guess.


The images are beautiful. 

As for the centers looking too green, do you remember seeing them as green? or relying on the image?

Sometimes we may need to adjust the white balance in our camera.  
It does look very similar to Prunus lusitanica but that is not commonly planted in the southeastern US.

Since this is a garden plant it may be Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Loyken’ aka Otto Luyken which is a dwarf form of English Laurel. 
Another is P. laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ aka Skip Laurel. 
But again, these should be blooming in the spring/early summer. 


Will check the Prunus Species you have suggested.
The green centers are probably the seeds.


References:


 

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Requesting to please ID this plant with small white flowers in a cultivated garden in New York, USA in May 2013.


This has been identified as Prunus laurocerasus on a FB group. 

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