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Cherry laurel (Hedging)

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Popular hedging plant

Dense evergreen foliage

Easy to grow, only needing an annual clipping

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A popular hedging plant, Cherry Laurel has dense evergreen foliage that make it ideal for privacy, windbreaks and screening. The large glossy leaves provide a backdrop for the creamy-white flowers in spring, a pollinating insects haven, which then turn into cherry red berries, making a feast for hungry birds in the winter months. Easy to grow, only needing an annual clipping too, making it very low maintenance. Height: 8m (26'). Spread: 4m (13'). Planting Distance: 50cm (20"). (3 plants per metre for a single line hedge).

Height Up to 800cm (315in)
Spread Up to 400cm (157in)

Hardy Shrub

hedgeslow maintenance garden

sun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


1 rootrainer plug hedging plant (KC7152)
5 rootrainer plug hedging plants (KC7257)
10 rootrainer plug hedging plants (KC7258)
1 bare root hedging plant (Supplied as 40cm (16in) in height) (70288)
25 bare root hedging plants (Supplied as 40cm (16in) in height) (KB0025)
10 bare root hedging plants (Supplied as 40cm (16in) in height) (KC1959)

Grow Cherry Laurel plants in sun or shade, in any moderately fertile, reliably moist, well drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil. Plant Prunus shrubs at the same depth as they were planted in their pots. Backfill the planting hole and water well to settle the soil. When planting a Cherry Laurel hedge, position the individual plants at a distance of 75cm (30") apart.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.

Water regularly throughout the growing season until young plants are fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Once established, Prunus plants require only occasional attention, removing any damaged stems and lightly trimming those that spoil the shape of the plant in summer after flowering. If grown as a hedge, Cherry Laurel can be trimmed from early to mid spring, and tolerates hard pruning when necessary.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £5.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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