Portuguese laurel has much smaller and darker green coloured leaves compared to Cherry laurel – it is not as fast growing but can reach 7-8ft in a couple of years. Portuguese laurel tolerates chalky soils and will grow in any well drained soil, but is not suitable for coastal planting, although it is hardy and will survive temperatures of up to -15℃. This hedge will happily grow in a shade and will tolerate drought. Its small leaves make it perfect for clipping and reddish stems add an interesting feature to its appearance. It should be trimmed once a year in summer to encourage new growth.