Also known as
Common Laurel, Versailles Laurel, Cherry
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25 years to reach maturity
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Cherry Laurel Overview
Prunus laurocerasus is a large, evergreen shrub in the Rosaceae family. It grows vigorously and has a spreading habit, producing glossy green leaves measuring up to 15cm long. Also commonly known by the names Cherry Laurel, English Laurel, Common Laurel and Laurel Cherry, amongst others. Flowers are small, white and arranged densely on raceme structures. A raceme is a triangular-shaped, unbranched inflorescence where flowers are attached by equal length stalks, the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. Racemes measure around 12cm in length and the flowers lead onto shiny, cherry-like fruits. The fruits are red during development, ripening to black. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Cherry Laurel
How to propagate Cherry Laurel
You can propagate the deciduous species by seeds in the autumn.
Propagate deciduous hybrids by softwood cuttings in summer. Increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Cherry Laurel
Other uses of Cherry Laurel
Ornamental, hedging, fruit, specimen, fruit, woodlands, shade
Spring Flowering Garden Shrubs
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