The Japanese Laurel, also known as the Japanese Judas Tree, is an evergreen shrub that is native to Japan. It is a member of the family Rosaceae and is usually used as a hedge in Japan. The tree or shrub can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 through 8. The tree has beautiful white flowers that bloom in early to late May.
The Japanese Laurel is a beautiful evergreen tree which is renowned for its longevity and resistance to pests and diseases. It is a slow growing, but ultimately fast-growing small tree that develops into a very dense, rounded crown with large, glossy leaves. The Japanese laurel is also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree and the Japanese Judas Tree.