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PRUNUS laurocerasus

Commonly known as Common laurel


Excellent for hedging even in shade
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individually £11.50 each , 10+ £10.00 each 

  • Evergreen - dark green leaves, paler beneath, to 15cm (6in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 8m (26ft)
  • Spread - 10m (33ft)
  • Hedge - Ideal for hedging
  • Tall Shrub - dense, bushy shrub becoming spreading and tree-like with age. Produces small flowers in upright racemes 5-12cm (2-4¾in) tall followed by conical, cherry-like red fruit 1cm (½in) across, ripening to black.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full shade - tolerates shade but fruiting inhibited.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
  • Good to know - wildlife plant - bees, butterflies, moths. Notably resistant to honey fungus. Naturalised in UK. Invasive.
  • Pests & Diseases - generally trouble free.
  • Place of origin - eastern Europe, south-western Asia
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Serrulate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Oblong - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - moderately fertile.
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Butterfly friendly
  • Rabbit Resistant
8m (26ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

Buy Varieties of PRUNUS laurocerasus

PRUNUS laurocerasus 'Marbled White'

PRUNUS laurocerasus 'Marbled White'  >

Commonly known as: Cherry laurel, Common laurel.
Conspicuously white margined leaves which can be flushed with pink in winter
£11.00 each 
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PRUNUS laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'  AWARD

PRUNUS laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'  >

Commonly known as: Cherry laurel, Common laurel.
Dwarf cherry laurel
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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