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Prunus laurocerasus | Laurel Hedge Hedging

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An evergreen hedge sporting handsome foliage, intricate white blooms, followed by red berries...

Prunus laurocerasus (but most commonly called 'Cherry Laurel'), is a beautiful hedging specimen that is densely packed with emerald green, ovate-shaped leaves. Although traditionally grown for its evergreen foliage, come spring time intricate white blooms will adorn the plant. These flowers will be well appreciated by your garden's pollinating friends, earning this plant the RHS 'Perfect for Pollinators' logo! Appearing in autumn, the dark red berries add further appeal to this variety, where they will eventually turn black. As such, this Cherry Laurel is a wonderful ornamental hedge for bringing interesting features to your garden that change with the seasons.

Please note, no part of this plant is edible and it should not be planted in reach of grazing animals such as horses and cattle.

  • Supplied As:  Bare root
  • Height on Arrival:  50 - 80cm
  • Features:  White flowers, evergreen, red berries
  • Habit:  Spreading
  • Deciduous?:  No, evergreen

Your hedging plant will be sent directly from our trusted grower. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs and trees, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

Evergreen and easy to grow, Prunus laurocerasus is will make a wonderful hedging plant for your garden. Below we address its care needs:

  • This hardy Cherry Laurel will grow in most soils, as long as they are moist, well-drained, and (ideally) moderately fertile. Either full sun or part shade is fine too.
  • After planting, thoroughly water your Cherry Laurel to help its roots establish. Laurel hedges only need to be trimmed once a year in late spring or early summer, when they are is producing new shoots. Cherry Laurels should not be pruned or trimmed during particularly hot or dry periods.
  • When planting, distance each plant 30 - 40cm apart from one another.

Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No