Mount Vernon English Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon'

A unique low spreading habit makes this beautiful evergreen shrub unusual as a lush groundcover. Shiny dark green foliage creates clean look for mass planting. Takes shearing well. Full to partial sun. Slow-growing for easy maintenance, 10 to 15 inches high, spreading 5 to 8 feet. Cutting grown.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationPROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 5 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasA lovely groundcover with glossy, evergreen leaves. Use under tall trees that have high limbs, where it will get enough sunshine. Or try a mass planting along the driveway. Looks good in the mixed border with taller shrubs.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Accent, Coastal Exposure, Dry Shade, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form, Tolerates Road Salt, Non-Invasive
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureGlossy Evergreen Foliage

Thrives in fertile, moist, humusy, well-drained soil; tolerates poor, sandy, or clay soils. Prefers more sun in cool climates, more shade in warmer areas. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates dry shade. Feed in early spring. Prune after flowering to shape.

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