Cherry Laurel is perfect if you’re looking for a dense, evergreen hedge with vibrant foliage and delicate flowers. It’s a hardy plant that’s easy to grow in most environments and can reach heights of 5m. The Cherry Laurel is deservedly one of the most popular hedging plants. As a true evergreen, its glossy, dark green leaves can be enjoyed throughout the year. White, sweetly scented spring flowers appear on stems left untrimmed the previous season and attract a host of bees and butterflies before producing attractive, red summer berries that darken to black. The Cherry Laurel is also an immensely practical hedging plant: it is not particularly fussy, requires little maintenance and is exceptionally versatile.
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Soil and Situation:The Cherry Laurel is happy in any soil that is not waterlogged and/or particularly acidic. It will tolerate both full sun and shade.
Maintenance:Like many evergreen hedging plants, the Cherry Laurel should be lightly pruned during the summer, preferably in August. However, if it does reach an unmanageable height, it can be cut down to just above ground level and will quickly bounce back. Left alone, the Cherry Laurel will grow to around 6m.
Versatility:Plant the Cherry Laurel as a dense, secure and fast-growing boundary hedge, windbreak or screen; as a stylish backdrop for a border or bed or even as a specimen plant. Its glossy dark green is a perfect foil for foreground plants of any colour from neutral whites to cool greens, blues and yellows; from rich reds and purples to hot pinks and orange.