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Hello,

I've just bought this plant to screen our wheely bins, and now realise it will probably grow too large if left to itself. Will I be able to keep it the size I want by annual trimming, or would that cause it problems?
Thank you.

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  • Posted: Fri. 2nd November 2012 10:39

Re: Limiting growth of Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica'

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Peter,
Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica' can be used as a hedge which would require annual pruning (sometimes twice a year) to keep it tidy and within the allotted space.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 6th November 2012 19:30

Re: Re: Limiting growth of Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica'

Reply from Peter McGarry

Hi Kathy,
That's a relief! I was a bit worried it might take over. Is there a best time of year to do the pruning? I live in the North-east, on a hill and the garden is a bit exposed to the westerly winds.
Many thanks for the info.
Peter

  • Posted: Wed. 7th November 2012 18:05

Re: Re: Re: Limiting growth of Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica'

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Peter,
Best to prune when still dormant - around late winter/early spring UNLESS silver leaf is a problem in your area. If so, prune in midsummer.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 7th November 2012 21:47

Re: Re: Re: Re: Limiting growth of Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica'

Reply from Peter McGarry

Hi Kathy,
That's really helpful. Very many thanks. I'll be keeping a close eye on it over the winter, especially if we get snow which, I'm thinking, could possibly damage it with its weight.
Again, many thanks.
Best regards
Peter

  • Posted: Wed. 7th November 2012 22:20