• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Glossy Evergreen Foliage
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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