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Cistus laurifolius (Laurel-leaved rock rose)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
2m
Max height
2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cistus laurifolius

Other names

Laurel-leaved rock rose, Laurel-leaf cistus

Genus

Cistus Cistus

Species

C. laurifolius - C. laurifolius is an upright, open, evergreen shrub with ovate, sticky, aromatic, blue- to grey-green leaves and, in summer, erect, branched cymes of white flowers with yellow centres.


Cistus laurifolius is: Evergreen

Habit

Open branches, Upright

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pinch back tips of young plants after flowering to encourage a tidy, bushy habit. Prune off any frost damaged shoots in spring. Pruning group 8 or 9. Do not cut into old wood. Replace old, leggy plants.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cistus laurifolius (Laurel-leaved rock rose) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Plant out after danger of frost has passed. May become chlorotic in very chalky soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Cistus laurifolius

Other names

Laurel-leaved rock rose, Laurel-leaf cistus

Genus

Cistus Cistus

Species

C. laurifolius - C. laurifolius is an upright, open, evergreen shrub with ovate, sticky, aromatic, blue- to grey-green leaves and, in summer, erect, branched cymes of white flowers with yellow centres.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Open branches, Upright


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Pinch back tips of young plants after flowering to encourage a tidy, bushy habit. Prune off any frost damaged shoots in spring. Pruning group 8 or 9. Do not cut into old wood. Replace old, leggy plants.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cistus laurifolius (Laurel-leaved rock rose) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Plant out after danger of frost has passed. May become chlorotic in very chalky soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cistus laurifolius (Laurel-leaved rock rose)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cistus laurifolius (Laurel-leaved rock rose)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca and related strains

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range causing substantial damage to olive production in the south of Italy. The priority is to prevent further spread from that area through robust EU regulation. This subspecies is unlikely to be able to thrive in the UK; but should an outbreak occur there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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