Very useful for accent or low hedges. An evergreen shrub with glossy dark green foliage on a compact, broadly spreading form. Lovely when in full bloom.
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 formal appearance, shear annually after flowering. Pruning time: spring after flowering.
This large broadleaf foliage shrub is the ideal background plant with a dozen uses. It's primary value is as an informal hedge for spatial definition and to divide front yards. Creates minimal enclosure to outdoor living spaces. Its cark color makes a perfect foundation plant against brick walls to cloak crawl spaces, footings and utilities. Blends beautifully into woodland understory and into back of the flowering shrub border.
In foundation planting, group this laurel with showy Normandy Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Normandy'), Spring's Promice Ice Angel's Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise') and Ever Red Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Ever Red'). Group with early blooming Black Tulip Magnolia, (Magnolia x soulangiana 'JURmag1'), Blackstem Bigleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra') amd Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold').
This is a 20th century dwarf form of the old fashioned cherry laurel, a broadleaf evergreen native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. It was called English laurel due to the extensive plantings of it in manor houses of southern Britain where it substituted for the frost tender sweet bay laurel of the Mediterranean. 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 U.S. in colonial times and this is one of the many varietal forms.
The leaves of this plant are highly toxic and at one time used to extract cyanide.