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Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

Also known as

Common Laurel, Versailles Laurel, Cherry

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Cherry Laurel

Ornamental, hedging, fruit, specimen, fruit, woodlands, shade

Spring Flowering Garden Shrubs

These spring flowering shrubs are great additions, providing pollinators with habitat, shelter and food.

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Plants for Summer Cuttings

Some of the many plants which you can take semi-ripe cuttings from in summer.

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