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Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia


Cherry Laurel

Perfect hedging plant

This handsome evergreen is fast growing once established and makes a great hedge or screening shrub. Long, rounded glossy green leaves make a dense plant and set off the upright spikes of creamy white flowers that appear in early summer on mature plants.


Very tolerant of shady conditions as well as full sun and poor, dry soils.


Plant in any soils as long as they are not waterlogged in winter. Water regularly in prolonged dry spells until established. Plant two to three feet apart to make a hedge.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - 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 Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Coastal or drought resistant, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September