Cherry Laurel Hedges-Prunus laurocerasus
Prunus laurocerasus otherwise known as Cherry Laurel has been a popular feature of English gardens for 500 years and 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.
Cherry Laurel FAQs
Can I plant Cherry Laurel in a wet garden?
No hedging plant will survive in a true bog but Cherry Laurel, like Box, will tolerate temporarily wet conditions better than anything other than Hornbeam. It is also extremely drought tolerant.
Is Cherry Laurel a tall hedge?
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’will grow up to 6m.
Is it a great all-round hedge?
The Cherry Laurel makes an excellent traditional hedge; effective windbreak; good-looking screen; elegant backdrop for beds and borders and an attractive specimen.
Is it good for wildlife?
Cherry Laurel offers shelter and sanctuary, its flowers attract bees and butterflies and its berries will be eaten by grateful birds.
Is it a native species?
No. But having been in England since 1576, it is certainly naturalised.
Is Cherry Laurel fussy about soil?
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’ will give off its best in any soil other than one that is shallow chalk, waterlogged or truly acidic.
When should I trim?
Trim to shape in June but leave the leading shoots until the required height has been reached. If it becomes unmanageably tall, it can be cut down, to the ground if necessary. It will quickly regrow.
Established hedges are best trimmed in August.
What about light and shade?
Like the Yew, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’is happy in full sun and in light and partial shade.
Is Cherry Laurel a formal hedge?
Cherry Laurel can be kept neat and tidy but it will never provide the smooth, geometric precision of Yew, Hornbeam, Privet or Box.
Is Chery Laurel easy to maintain?
No hedging plant is truly difficult, though Cherry Laurel is particularly undemanding. As a medium-fast grower, just trim annually to keep in shape.
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.