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Cherry Laurel hedge plants

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Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' hedging

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Cherry Laurel hedge plants, also known as Common Laurel, is one of the very best hedging species. The large, glossy green foliage of Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' makes it the ideal choice for dense evergreen hedging, perfect to use as a privacy screen, to reduce noise and wind or simply to add year-round interest to your garden. As the UK's most popular landscape and garden species, Laurel hedging makes it into our Best4hedging top 10 plants.

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Cherry Laurel hedge (Prunus laurocerasus) description

More commonly known as English Laurel or Common Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' has a bushy habit, boasting attractive, polished green leaves all year. In spring, modest creamy-white flowers appear, that are popular with bees. The flowers of the Cherry Laurel hedge are followed by small, red fruits turning black in the autumn, providing a welcomed source of food for hungry birds. The continuously changing, seasonal interest provided by Cherry Laurel hedges makes a lovely decorative addition to any sized garden.

Best uses for Common Laurel

Cherry Laurel hedging makes a wonderful, fast-growing screen that provides both privacy and shelter in all seasons, as the foliage is robust and evergreen. Prunus laurocerasus can tolerate pollution and very dry sites, as well as heavy shade, making it ideal for problem areas, such as poor soil or parts of your garden with very little sunlight. Laurel hedging is a popular choice for a low maintenance, easy-to-grow hedge, but can also be pot grown; used as an ornamental shrub to decorate patios or gardens with limited space. Common Laurel hedging can be trimmed to create a formal appearance, or alternatively left unpruned for something more natural. Although Cherry Laurel hedges are a great choice for a number of uses, we advise against planting this species as a hedge barrier to contain livestock, as the foliage of Prunus laurocerasus is poisonous. Occasionally we hear concerns from our customers about whether dogs and children are at risk around Cherry Laurel hedges; however, there are no reported cases of any serious harm to pets or children, and in the unlikely event of the leaves being consumed, should a reaction occur, an upset stomach would be the most likely outcome.

Combine Cherry Laurel hedging with

Common Laurel is traditionally planted as a standalone shrub, as it is striking enough to add a wonderful aesthetic impact to your garden without relying on companion plants.  As with other Laurel hedging, Prunus laurocerasus has a slightly spreading habit, filling the surrounding space of its planting site and providing you with an attractive, bushy hedge that can be pruned into a smaller form if required.

Growth rate of Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'

When planted in optimum conditions, a Cherry Laurel hedge will achieve a growth of 30-60cm per year, with a final height of between 1.5 – 5 metres at maturity. If you are looking for something with a smaller height and spread than Prunus laurocerasus, then take a look at our Hedging by Final Height department to help you choose a hedge suited to your garden.

Care advice for your Cherry Laurel hedge

Cherry Laurel is a low maintenance hedging species that only requires a light trim once a year. However, if you're looking for a more formal aesthetic, you may want to carry out a second trim to keep the foliage neat. Prune your Laurel hedge in late winter or early spring, removing any damaged or diseased shoots. 

Suggested planting density for Common Laurel hedging

For specific information on how far to space your Cherry Laurel hedge when planting, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended planting density for each individual plant species and root type such as Prunus laurocerasus.

We offer Cherry Laurel hedges in a variety of root types. Prunus laurocerasus hedges are sold as bare roots, which are available November to late April/early May (depending on season) and provide great value for money. We also have high quality cell grown and pot grown plants available throughout the year. Prunus laurocerasus root balls (often big and bushy) are ready for planting in the Autumn (usually from October).

The large majority of our Cherry Laurel hedging plants are grown in the UK by experts with generations of horticultural growing experience. Occasionally, we need to source Prunus laurocerasus from specialist nurseries outside the UK; however, this has absolutely no impact on the high quality of our Cherry Laurel hedge plants. At Best4hedging, we always strive to exceed your expectations; providing you with the freshest plants, whilst maintaining reasonable prices. This allows you to buy Prunus laurocerasus plants in confidence, knowing that you are getting the best available products and service from our Best4hedging nursery in Lancashire.

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Cherry Laurel hedge plants reviews

We ask all customers to provide their opinion to an independent feedback company. We cannot edit which comments appear and which do not, so the following reviews offer a true representation of our customers experience and we are very proud of our huge number of Excellent reviews. The comments on this page apply to this species/product specifically - to see the full feedback from all customers please visit Best4Hedging's Feefo profile.

Feedback for Cherry Laurel hedge plants has been compiled from 15 customer reviews

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Not to specification and some plants were not in good condition.
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On 19-Sep-2017 the supplier responded:
Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback and I'm sorry to hear that the plants were not to the required height. I can see that we collected these on Thursday, September 7th and these were delivered back to us on Monday, September 11th at which time they were refunded so the funds should have shown on your statement no later than Thursday, September 14th.

I'm pleased to hear that you felt the service the team provided was not cause for complaint and sorry that the plants being under-height was reason enough to mark both the Product and Service as 'Bad'. If there is anything else at all we can help with, though, please do not hesitate to get in touch again.

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Excellent
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I ordered 5 large plants all were of the size requested and very bushy healthy plants.
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Lovely plants that look superb.
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Lovely glossy leaves. Can't wait for it to flower. Size as described. Healthy looking plant. Very pleased with purchase
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Prompt delivery, fantastic condition, growing well.
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Godd healthy plants and well packaged for delivery;
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the seven shrubs I bought have taken to their new home great!!
though some of them were a bit worse for wear after the journey
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Lovely healthy plants! Settling in their new bed!
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Absolutely great plants , look really good !
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