Genolia Laurel or Mariblon Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’ or Prunus ‘Genolia’) is a strong, rapid growth with dark green leathery leaves up to 15cm in length. A Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) hedge is capable of giving vast amounts of privacy in a short period of time. They are slightly darker and narrower than their traditional Cherry Laurel counterpart, spreading to just over 1m; reaching c. 3.5m in height This cultivar was bread in Switzerland to be a narrower, more upright and fastigiate form of Cherry Laurel to optimise space. They develop racemes flowers (clusters of separate flowers attached by stalks along a central stem) up to 12cm in length, flowering in early April. They are followed by cherry like glossy red fruits. Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) is capable of growing in full sun, partial shade and will accept full shade but will just grow slightly less.
Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) has a RHS hardiness rating of H5, meaning it is hardy down to -10 to -15c and once established it is more drought tolerant than most. Its cousin the Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) originated from south eastern Europe and south west Asia and countries around the Black Sea. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’ are capable of surviving the most severe of pruning, making for excellent sophisticated hedges.
Genolia laurel’s (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) leathery leaves limit the amount of transpiration when they are exposed to severe winds, thus making them a perfect windbreak, allowing the nature and plants in your garden to thrive. This formal hedge is capable of supplying a smart, sophisticated back drop for beds and borders. The leathery leaves help to rebound noise pollution making an ideal hedge if you have a main road, a noisy neighbour or you yourself do not want to annoy your neighbour.
Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) is not fussy about the pH of the soil, and providing they are not sitting in water, they are generally fine. The more sun, the better drained and more nutritious the soil, providing they still get an adequate supply of water the quicker they will grow.
In regards to pruning, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’ fall under RHS Pruning group 8. This means it should be done immediately after flowering. It makes an excellent traditional hedge
Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) is poisonous to horses so we do not recommend planting it where they may be tempted to eat it.
- 30-60cm a year, condition dependant
- Height 3.5m
- Width 1m
- Not fussy, though avoid places where water sits for long periods of time
- RHS pruning group 8. Prune in Winter, Spring or early Summer
- RHS hardiness rating H5, hardy down to -15 to -10C
- Genolia Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Genolia’) is poisonous to horses.
Buying a hedge
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