• 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
    Slow growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    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:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design 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 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.
    Companion PlantsIn 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').
  • 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 formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.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:
    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 of this plant are highly toxic and at one time used to extract cyanide.