Schipka Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis'

A handsome upright shrub for woodland gardens with filtered sunlight or dappled shade. Glossy, medium green foliage with a refined look on a dense, vase-shaped form that has a layered appearance. Stalks of fragrant white flowers appear in spring. Hardier than dwarf English laurel. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationPROO-nus lar-oh-ser-AY-sus
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
Bloom TimeSpring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitVase
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsEuonymus (Euonymus); Spirea (Spiraea); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Holly (Ilex); Lilyturf (Liriope)

Thrives in slightly deep, 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

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