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Prunus laurocerasus (any variety) (Cherry laurel (any variety))

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
10m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Prunus laurocerasus (any variety)

Other names

Cherry laurel (any variety)

Genus

Prunus Prunus

Variety or Cultivar

P. laurocerasus (any variety) _ P. laurocerasus (any variety) are upright, spreading, rounded or mound-forming, evergreen shrubs with oblong, glossy, dark green leaves, sometime bronze or yellow when young, and upright racemes of fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers in spring followed by conical, cherry-like, red fruit ripening black.


Prunus laurocerasus (any variety) is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Rounded, Upright

Toxicity

Leaves and fruit may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Leaves should not be burnt.

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly

Powdery mildew , Silver leaf Powdery mildew , Silver leaf

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 1 - Prune in midsummer in areas where silver leaf is prevalent.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Prunus laurocerasus (any variety) (Cherry laurel (any variety)) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 10m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grown in moist, free-draining, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerates poor soil, urban conditions, and dry shade. May become chlorotic on shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Prunus laurocerasus (any variety)

Other names

Cherry laurel (any variety)

Genus

Prunus Prunus

Variety or Cultivar

P. laurocerasus (any variety) _ P. laurocerasus (any variety) are upright, spreading, rounded or mound-forming, evergreen shrubs with oblong, glossy, dark green leaves, sometime bronze or yellow when young, and upright racemes of fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers in spring followed by conical, cherry-like, red fruit ripening black.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Rounded, Upright

Toxicity

Leaves and fruit may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Leaves should not be burnt.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Silver leaf

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 1 - Prune in midsummer in areas where silver leaf is prevalent.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Prunus laurocerasus (any variety) (Cherry laurel (any variety)) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 10m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grown in moist, free-draining, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerates poor soil, urban conditions, and dry shade. May become chlorotic on shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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