• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, larger if untrimmed.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, larger if untrimmed.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.