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Prunus laurocerasus Novita


Cherry Laurel

Easy to grow and ideal as a hedge

This shrub is a very hardy laurel, which can be planted anywhere and is often used to form a hedge. It keeps its glossy green leaves all year round making a dense, bushy barrier. Fragrant white flowers in spring are followed by small black shiny fruit that are not edible.


It is happy in full sun or partial shade and is a good choice for difficult sites, for example in dry shade under trees.


It prefers any well-drained soil. Avoid areas that remain too wet in winter. It is an undemanding plant - simply prune to shape. In spring cover the base with rich compost.

The evergreen cherry laurel is native to regions bordering the Black Sea, in southwestern Asia and southeastern Europe. It has been planted widely elsewhere.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part 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 Flower border and beds

Check store availability

10 litre pot £34.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September