Cherry Laurel
(Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia)

Cherry Laurel is a thick, evergreen hedge with summer flowers and autumn berries- a staple to any garden that promises foliage year-round. 

Though mainly known for their rich and stunning green foliage, the Cherry Laurel hedging also showcases intricate creamy-white flowers within the spring, which are then followed by red berries to make it look festive in the winter- making it an amazing decorative addition to any size of garden. As the berries are seen as a great welcomed source of food, the Cherry Laurel encourages many birds to your garden, as well as the lovely flowers providing an opportunity to attract bees.

Please note, all parts of the Cherry Laurel (including leaves/berries) are toxic to both humans and animals when consumed. Though the plant does not hold much attraction to pets/children, it is strongly advised to avoid planting near livestock. If you are concerned about your pets and children, it is best to choose Bay Laurel (the only non-toxic Laurel).

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia,' is ideal to reduce noise and wind, as well as being perfect to use as a privacy screen. The plant has a seemingly fast growth rate, looking at around 30-60cm per year, and can even be grown to 20/30ft high (though it is easier to maintain at a lower height). That in mind, Laurel hedging does tend to do better as a standalone hedge- but you can plant with other Laurel varieties if you are looking to create a mixed hedge. Although, this plant tends to have a slight spreading habit, which can easily fill any surrounding space of its original planting space (which means there is generally no need to rely on other plants to fill it).

The Cherry Laurel grows well in pretty much every condition, including dry sites or heavily shaded areas (although coastal gardens and alkaline soil is not very suitable), making it the perfect plant for any problem areas within your garden- whether that's parts of the garden with very little sunlight, or just with poor soil. It is also important to consider that it is not recommended to plant the Cherry Laurel next to livestock, as the leaves and berries can both be harmful to animals.

  • Growth rate: Average-Fast (30-60cm a year)
  • Ideal height: 1.5m - 5m high
  • Soil Type: Normal, dry
  • Exposure: Exposed, inland
  • Aspect: Sun, full shade
  • Evergreen foliage? Yes

It is highly important to prune at the right time, so that you do not remove any growing shoots.

Should you feel the need to hard-prune your Laurel, then March is the recommended time to do so. Any established plants that have become rather woody can also be taken down to ground level to enable them to come back looking new and fresh. In terms of general hedge trimming, this can be done twice a year at most (once in June and then again later in September).

However, you can always leave your Cherry Laurel to develop and establish in its own way without pruning, as the amazing thick and glossy leaves can begin to look a bit shabby if it is pruned too regularly.

When should I plant a Cherry Laurel hedge?

The best time, in general, to plant your Laurel hedge is during the autumn, but potted plants can be planted at any time of year if they get enough water, and the ground is not frozen.

How far apart do you plant Laurel plants?

Depending on the size of plant, you will need to place your Laurels around 2ft apart. This does depend on how quickly you're looking for the hedge to establish, however, as we recommend up to 5 plants per metre for the smaller plant sizes.

How to plant your Cherry Laurel:

Ensure the area is clear of other plants, weeds, and grass first.

Dig the holes or a trench for the plants, that's twice the width of the plant's base. When you are digging the hole, ensure you have churned it up at the bottom so the roots can settle easier. If you have a very sandy/hardy soil, then put in some loam-based compost. In terms of normal soil, you will need some controlled-release feed to give the planting a starting boost.

Once this is all done, you can put the plant in! Place it into the middle of the hole carefully and slowly, making sure the top of the roots are 1/2 inch below the soils surface. Refill the hole, then press gently around the edges to secure the soil.

    Berries

    Berries

    Evergreen

    Evergreen

    Tall

    Tall

    White Flower

    White Flower

    Choose Root type
    Choose Size and Quantity

    Note: Minimum order quantities apply to this product and variants

    m

    Please enter the number of metres you require to plant. The quantities below will automatically be updated according to the number of metres you require.

    • 20/30cm
      20/30cm 5-7 per m
      £4.02
      £4.02
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 20/40cm
      20/40cm 3-5 per m
      £6.96
      £6.96
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 40/60cm
      40/60cm 3-5 per m
      £7.98
      £7.98
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 60/90cm
      60/90cm 3 per m
      £9.06
      £9.06
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 90/120cm
      90/120cm 3 per m
      £18.78
      £18.78
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 120/150cm
      120/150cm 2 per m
      £39.96
      £39.96
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 150/175cm
      150/175cm 1 per m
      £57.60
      £57.60
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 175/200cm
      175/200cm 1 per m
      £85.02
      £85.02
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • H 150/175cm x L 100cm
      £210.00
      £210.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 20/40cm
      20/40cm 5-7 per m
      £2.70
      £67.50
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 25
    • 40/60cm
      40/60cm 5-7 per m
      £3.00
      £75.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 25
    • 60/90cm
      60/90cm 5-7 per m
      £3.48
      £34.80
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 10
    • 80/100cm
      80/100cm 3-5 per m
      £9.96
      £149.40
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 15
    • 20/40cm x 50
      20/40cm x 50 5-7 per m
      £123.00
      £123.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 20/40cm x 100
      20/40cm x 100 5-7 per m
      £234.00
      £234.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 20/40cm x 250
      20/40cm x 250 5-7 per m
      £540.00
      £540.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 40/60cm x 50
      40/60cm x 50 5-7 per m
      £141.00
      £141.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 40/60cm x 100
      40/60cm x 100 5-7 per m
      £252.00
      £252.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 40/60cm x 250
      40/60cm x 250 5-7 per m
      £600.00
      £600.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 60/90cm x 50
      60/90cm x 50 5-7 per m
      £168.00
      £168.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 60/90cm x 100
      60/90cm x 100 5-7 per m
      £312.00
      £312.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 60/90cm x 250
      60/90cm x 250 5-7 per m
      £720.00
      £720.00
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 80/100cm x 50
      80/100cm x 50
      £414.60
      £414.60
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 80/100cm x 100
      80/100cm x 100
      £688.20
      £688.20
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 80/100cm x 250
      80/100cm x 250
      £1,462.44
      £1,462.44
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 60/90cm
      60/90cm 2-2.5 per m
      £17.46
      £17.46
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 90/120cm
      90/120cm 2 per m
      £24.84
      £24.84
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 120/150cm
      120/150cm 1.5-2 per m
      £34.98
      £34.98
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 150/175cm
      150/175cm 1.5-2 per m
      £49.98
      £49.98
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 175/200cm
      175/200cm 1-1.5 per m
      £69.96
      £69.96
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1
    • 200/225cm
      200/225cm 1-1.5 per m
      £85.02
      £85.02
      This product has a minimum order quantity of 1

    Our shipping rates (standard - 10-14 days):

     Order Value Standard Delivery Charge (Inc. VAT)
    £0.00-£49.99 £10.02
    £50.00-£149.99 £18.00
    £150.00-£249.99 £30.00
    £250.00-£349.99 £42.00
    £350.00-£698.99 £75.00
    £699.00+ FREE

     

    From £7.98

    Cherry Laurel is a thick, evergreen hedge with summer flowers and autumn berries- a staple to any garden that promises foliage year-round. 

    Though mainly known for their rich and stunning green foliage, the Cherry Laurel hedging also showcases intricate creamy-white flowers within the spring, which are then followed by red berries to make it look festive in the winter- making it an amazing decorative addition to any size of garden. As the berries are seen as a great welcomed source of food, the Cherry Laurel encourages many birds to your garden, as well as the lovely flowers providing an opportunity to attract bees.

    Please note, all parts of the Cherry Laurel (including leaves/berries) are toxic to both humans and animals when consumed. Though the plant does not hold much attraction to pets/children, it is strongly advised to avoid planting near livestock. If you are concerned about your pets and children, it is best to choose Bay Laurel (the only non-toxic Laurel).

    Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia,' is ideal to reduce noise and wind, as well as being perfect to use as a privacy screen. The plant has a seemingly fast growth rate, looking at around 30-60cm per year, and can even be grown to 20/30ft high (though it is easier to maintain at a lower height). That in mind, Laurel hedging does tend to do better as a standalone hedge- but you can plant with other Laurel varieties if you are looking to create a mixed hedge. Although, this plant tends to have a slight spreading habit, which can easily fill any surrounding space of its original planting space (which means there is generally no need to rely on other plants to fill it).

    The Cherry Laurel grows well in pretty much every condition, including dry sites or heavily shaded areas (although coastal gardens and alkaline soil is not very suitable), making it the perfect plant for any problem areas within your garden- whether that's parts of the garden with very little sunlight, or just with poor soil. It is also important to consider that it is not recommended to plant the Cherry Laurel next to livestock, as the leaves and berries can both be harmful to animals.

    • Growth rate: Average-Fast (30-60cm a year)
    • Ideal height: 1.5m - 5m high
    • Soil Type: Normal, dry
    • Exposure: Exposed, inland
    • Aspect: Sun, full shade
    • Evergreen foliage? Yes

    It is highly important to prune at the right time, so that you do not remove any growing shoots.

    Should you feel the need to hard-prune your Laurel, then March is the recommended time to do so. Any established plants that have become rather woody can also be taken down to ground level to enable them to come back looking new and fresh. In terms of general hedge trimming, this can be done twice a year at most (once in June and then again later in September).

    However, you can always leave your Cherry Laurel to develop and establish in its own way without pruning, as the amazing thick and glossy leaves can begin to look a bit shabby if it is pruned too regularly.

    When should I plant a Cherry Laurel hedge?

    The best time, in general, to plant your Laurel hedge is during the autumn, but potted plants can be planted at any time of year if they get enough water, and the ground is not frozen.

    How far apart do you plant Laurel plants?

    Depending on the size of plant, you will need to place your Laurels around 2ft apart. This does depend on how quickly you're looking for the hedge to establish, however, as we recommend up to 5 plants per metre for the smaller plant sizes.

    How to plant your Cherry Laurel:

    Ensure the area is clear of other plants, weeds, and grass first.

    Dig the holes or a trench for the plants, that's twice the width of the plant's base. When you are digging the hole, ensure you have churned it up at the bottom so the roots can settle easier. If you have a very sandy/hardy soil, then put in some loam-based compost. In terms of normal soil, you will need some controlled-release feed to give the planting a starting boost.

    Once this is all done, you can put the plant in! Place it into the middle of the hole carefully and slowly, making sure the top of the roots are 1/2 inch below the soils surface. Refill the hole, then press gently around the edges to secure the soil.

      Root Types Summary

      • Bare Root
        Bare Root

        Field grown, bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from autumn to spring. We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the season but they can be pre-ordered in summer. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options.

      • Pot Grown
        Pot Grown

        Pot grown plants can be planted year round and make a convenient option. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements.

      • Root Ball
        Root Ball

        Also field grown, root ball plants are scooped out of the ground using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks. They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly.

      • Instant Hedging
        Instant Hedging

        Grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season. Our instant hegding troughs create a dramatic, instant hedge effect.

      • Bare Root Discount Deals
        Bare Root Discount Deals

        Our bare root discount deals include bundles of 50, 100, and 250 plants. The bigger the bundle, the higher the discount.

      You may also like

      Recently viewed