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Tree Campus: Zabel Laurel

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b


Zabel Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Zabeliana’ (ROSACEAE)



Black Sea Region



"The abundantly blooming P. laurocerasus shrubs (April– May) provide pollinating insects with nectar and pollen reward for 3–4 weeks. Their flowers were mainly visited by Apis mellifera, which collected nectar throughout the day, with maximum activity at noon." [2]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"The tree is also valuable for ornamentation as an evergreen broadleaf plant..." [1]

"In Central Europe, the cherry laurel has been cultivated since the fifteenth century. In Germany, it was introduced for cultivation in 1663." [2]



"Cherry laurel is grown as a native fruit crop in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey, which is one of the origins of cherry laurel... The leaves and seed of this species are used in pharmaceuticals." [1]



[1] İslam, A. (2002). ‘Kiraz’cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus).

[2] Chwil, M., Kostryco, M., & Matraszek-Gawron, R. (2019). Comparative studies on structure of the floral nectaries and the abundance of nectar production of Prunus laurocerasus L. Protoplasma, 256(6), 1705-1726.

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