Dwarf English Laurel
Dwarf English Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana'Item #6707 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
A versatile and handsome evergreen shrub, very useful as a landscape accent or low informal hedging. The large, glossy dark green leaves cloak the very compact, broadly spreading form. Lovely when in full bloom, with clusters of tiny yet highly fragrant white flowers perfuming the garden.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-susPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Road Salt, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteGarden styleMediterraneanDesign IdeasThis 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 dark 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.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: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.Lore:The leaves and fruits of this plant are considered to be toxic and at one time used to extract cyanide.