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Prunus laurocerasus Etna


Cherry laurel

Makes an excellent hedge

A dense compact variety of cherry laurel with glossy green leaves and attractive bronze young shoots. Spikes of white flowers in spring appear on untrimmed plants. Normally used as a boundary or screening shrub for town or country gardens, ‘Etna’ is also an excellent evergreen structure shrub. It can be trimmed or left to grow as a loose, more natural screen or specimen. Left to grow naturally it eventually makes a very large, broad-spreading shrub.


Plant in full sun or shade at the back of a border, or use as a screen or hedge.


Any well drained soil, apart from shallow chalk.  Prune or trim with secateurs in spring or as necessary to control size and shape. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 200 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous Leaves and fruit may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Leaves should not be burnt.
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September