Schipka Cherry Laurel
Schipka Cherry Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis'Item #6717 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
A handsome shrub or small upright tree for filtered sunlight or dappled shade. Glossy, medium-green foliage with a refined look on a dense, vase-shaped form displaying a layered effect. Stalks of fragrant white flowers appear in spring. Hardier than dwarf English laurel. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-susPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasUse at the edges of the woodland garden or anywhere it will receive dappled shade. This broadleaf evergreen is good for quickly screening out areas without blocking the view. Plant a row to cover the potting area or the compost pile in the garden. Lower growth tends to be looser, making it well-suited for wider beds with low to medium shrubs planted at the foreground, if the desired effect is dense foliage from top to the ground.Companion PlantsEuonymus (Euonymus); Spirea (Spiraea); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Holly (Ilex); Lilyturf (Liriope)
- CareCare InformationProvide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Thrives in sun in cool climates; prefers more shade in warmer zones. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This cultivar was discovered on or near the Schipka mountain pass in Bulgaria, giving it the name 'Schipkaensis', noted for distinctively upright and wide-spreading form, and smaller leaves than the species, Prunus laurocerasus.