Laurel Hedging (Prunus Laurocerasus or Cherry Laurel)
The most commonly planted evergreen hedging there is, cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) could be the perfect choice for your garden. It’s easy to grow and look after, and it has a range of uses. This popular plant is known for its large, glossy leaves and it thrives in gardens across the country.
Quick growing, you can expect your Prunus laurocerasus to put on around two to three feet each season, so it’s especially good if you want to see results quickly.
This evergreen plant looks superb year-round, and it’s especially beautiful when it comes into bloom with its distinctive white flowers in spring. These are followed by cherry-like red fruits that eventually turn black during the autumn, providing a welcome food source for a variety of birds.
Common uses of cherry laurel
With their thick foliage, these laurel hedge plants make superb screens that offer privacy as well as shelter throughout the seasons. They can even help to reduce noise or act as a windbreak. Because they tolerate a range of conditions, including heavy shade, dry ground and pollution, they can be ideal for problem areas. For example, if you have patches of poor soil or very little sunlight, cherry laurel could be your go-to plant.
It’s most commonly used for hedging, but it’s extremely versatile and can be incorporated into your garden in many other ways too. For example, it can be pot grown or used as an ornamental shrub in patios or gardens. Thanks to its striking appearance, cherry laurel doesn’t rely on companion plants to create an attractive look. Also, it can be left unpruned to create a natural effect or trimmed for a sharper, more formal appearance. It’s really up to you.
How to grow and care for it
You can plant laurels in any soils except for chalk or water logged ground. For best results, plant them in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. If you position yours in very wet soil, they may not die, but they certainly won’t be at their verdant best. If wet soil is a problem in your garden but you still want to include cherry laurel in it, try ramping up the planting bed. This will keep the roots above the water table.
These laurels are at their strongest in full sun or moderate shade, but they can survive and grow even in very shaded areas. They are low maintenance and usually only require a light trim once a year. However, if you want to create crisper, cleaner lines, you may want to carry out a second trim. It’s also a good idea to prune these plants to remove any diseased shoots or damaged leaves. This is best done in late winter or early spring.
To maintain strong growth and ensure the leaves stay glossy and luxurious, you can feed the plants a couple of times a year.
Take your pick
We offer Prunus laurocerasus in a variety of sizes, starting with small, young plants in 2.5 litre pots and going right up to our huge specimens provided in 230 litre pots. So, whether you’re looking for a starter hedge or plant that you can watch grow or you want impressive instant results, we should have the right option for you.
As well as standard cherry laurel, we offer a dwarf growing variety. This compact plant features stunning dark green leaves and its new foliage has an attractive coppery orange hue.
Here to help
Once you’ve found the right laurels for your garden, you can place your order online, over the phone or in person at our nursery in Knutsford, Cheshire. If you would like further information or advice about our about laurel bushes, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts. You can call us or complete an online form, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
- Laurel Hedging 13cm Pot 30-40cm£4.30
Nice fresh container grown starter sized laurel plant 2 or 3 per metre. If you ever get tempted by bare root laurels, stop and buy these. Bare root laurels very often completely fail. These little beauties are, not a lot more, and are safe to plant any time. Learn More
- Laurel Hedging Rotundifolia 35 Litre Pot 150-175cm Extra Bushy£61.50