Prunus laurocerasusItem #6705 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Large evergreen shrub has dense, erect branches and rich green leaves. Tiny flowers have sweet fragrance. Tolerant of salt spray. A popular choice for clipped hedges, group plantings or screens.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, larger if untrimmed.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-susPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, larger if untrimmed.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteGarden styleMediterraneanDesign 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 in sun in cool climates, and prefers more shade in warmer zones. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - 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.