A fast growing, hardy evergreen hedge providing dense year-round screening and privacy, tolerant of very dry sites, pollution and a good sound barrier.
Likes well-drained clay, sandy and loamy soil
Likes full sun to shade
Annual growth fast 30-60cm
Formal and natural hedges, High screen hedges, sound barrier
Strong deep roots
Prune twice during the growing season and always at the end of summer
One of our most popular hedges, the cherry laurel has an extremely dense upright habit easily recognized by its large, glossy 10-15cm long and 6-8cm wide light green ovate leaves. This makes it an ideal barrier hedge or decorative screen. Fragrant white flowers appear on long, erect racemes in May and repeat again in September. These are followed by small red fruits that turn black in autumn.
Cherry laurel will thrive in most soil types, all but waterlogged or chalky soils, and is suitable for exposed sites in full sun or shade. Hardy to -15 degrees centigrade.
Cherry laurel hedges are often planted roadside for both sound proofing and providing a pollution filter pruned into formal box-shape or given more space and left to grow rounded and more natural.