Prunus laurocerasusItem #6705 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
A large evergreen shrub with dense, erect branches and handsome rich green foliage. Tiny spring flowers have a sweet fragrance. A popular choice for formally pruned hedges, group plantings or privacy screens. Tolerates salt spray.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide; larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-susPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide; larger with age.Special features:Bird Friendly, Fast Growing, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Road Salt, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasEven though this evergreen's leaves are large, they recover quickly from shearing, making this a fine choice for a formal, sheared hedge. Also makes an outstanding tree in the landscape with fragrant flowers and fruit that attract birds.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Holly (Ilex); Lilyturf (Liriope); Euonymus (Euonymus)
- CareCare InformationProvide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Thrives with more sun in cool climates; prefers more shade in warmer zones. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. For a formal appearance, prune after flowering in spring to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The cherry laurel is a beautiful evergreen native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. It was brought into cultivation early on around 1576. The original species was Laurocerausus officinalis, classified by Johann Roemer, 1763-1819 of Switzerland. It was simultaneously classified by Linnaeus into genus Prunus utilizing the former inaccurate genus name of Roemer. It was imported into the United States in colonial times and since a number of varietal forms have been developed for increased cold hardiness. It remains widely grown, particularly in the south and other mild winter regions.
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