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Prunus laurocerasus


Cherry laurel

One of the best hedging plants

A classic shrub for hedging and screening with large, leathery, evergreen leaves. Vigorous and strong growing, laurel is ideal where a big, bold evergreen subject is needed quickly. The shining dark green leaves reflects light in the shadiest of situations, and it provides the perfect background for beds and borders. Left to grow naturally laurel makes a very large, multi-stemmed shrub but it can be contained with pruning.


Plant in sun or shade as a hedge, screen or as a backdrop to other planting.


Grows in any reasonable soil that is not waterlogged. Excellent on clay be not at its best on shallow chalk. Prune in late spring or early summer, ideally with secateurs to avoid cut leaves.

Left unpruned mature laurel plants produce spikes of white flowers all along the branches in spring

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, Autumn
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 200 cm - 350 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 Garden edging, Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September