• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Hedge Plant
    Spring flowers, followed by ornamental summer fruit.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, followed by ornamental summer fruit.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis easy-care evergreen makes a great low-growing informal hedge for use as a divider or in front of a taller hedge. A fine year-round presence in the garden.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Holly (Ilex); Spirea (Spiraea); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Euonymus (Euonymus); 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, regularly in the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. For a formal appearance, prune after flowering 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).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    The cherry laurel is a beautiful evergreen native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. 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 United States in colonial times and since a number of varietal forms have been developed for increased cold hardiness. It remains widely grown, particularly in the south and other mild winter regions. Jade Enchantress® has been selected for its improved disease resistance, particularly compared to the very popular Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'


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