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Common Laurel hedge plants, also known as Cherry Laurel, is one of the most commonly sold hedging species for medium to large gardens. Because of its large glossy green leaves, Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' makes the ideal choice for a privacy screen or sound barrier. This hardy evergreen is one of the most popular hedging in the UK and is part of our top 10.
Growth rate: Fast 30-60cm per year
Overall height: Medium up to 5 metres
Position: Coastal, Full Sun, Full Shade, Exposed
Root Types: Bare Root, Instant Hedging, Pot Grown, Root Balled
Choose from our wide range of Cherry Laurel Hedge sizes and root types, or browse our other varieties of Laurel Hedging plants.
Check our range of Laurel Hedging or our other popular varieties of hedge that can be used as a great alternative to Cherry Laurel Hedge.
Adding a cherry laurel hedge to your garden can be an effective way to add interest and beauty to the outdoor space. A laurel hedge features attractive evergreen shrubs that come in several varieties, each offering unique benefits and features.
These evergreen hedging plants are easy to maintain, as long as you have the right tools and techniques for success. If you’re looking for ideas on how to incorporate this plant into your landscape design, look no further!
We'll explore all aspects of cherry laurel hedging – from types and benefits to care tips and creative uses – so you can get the most out of these beautiful plants in your garden.
Cherry laurel comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it ideal for creating a beautiful, lush look to your garden. In addition to their attractive evergreen foliage, cherry laurel hedges are a great choice for providing privacy and blocking out noise from the street or neighbours.
Here's just a few of laurels many benefits.
The most common variety of cherry laurel hedging is Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia', one of our most popular garden plants, which features medium sized green glossy leaves with fragrant white flowers that bloom in the spring.
Compact Laurel Hedge otherwise known as Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken', is a great alternative to Cherry Laurel. It produces a smaller plant with dark green glossy leaves, a popular choice for smaller gardens.
Portuguese Laurel Hedge also know as Prunus lusitanica is another popular choice, with glossy dark green pointed foliage on red stems this plant makes a very dense hedge, great for noise reduction.
Cherry laurel hedging can be used in a variety of ways to add interest and beauty to your outdoor space. For example, you can use them as a screening plant to create a privacy screen or noise barrier along a property line.
You may also want to incorporate them into an ornamental garden as an accent plant or feature. When planting multiple cherry laurels be sure to space them evenly for an even and uniform look.
Cherry Laurel is not only used for hedging, its also available as a pleached tree. Take a look at our Pleached Cherry Laurel Trees if your looking to form a privacy barrier above a wall or on your gardens boundary.
Growing a cherry laurel hedge is relatively easy, as long as you have the right tools and techniques.
Please read our guide for full instructions on how to plant your Cherry Laurel hedge.
Cherry laurel hedges are low-maintenance plants that can enhance the beauty of any outdoor space. With the right care and maintenance, these evergreen shrubs can thrive for years to come, with pruning required just two or three times a year.
If you plan to use a shearing technique to trim or cut your evergreen hedges, investing in quality pruning equipment is essential for achieving a neat and tidy look.
Please read our Laurel Pruning Guide for tips and tricks to help keep your cherry laurel hedge looking its best all year round.
Please see our FAQ's below for answers to common questions about Cherry Laurel.
It is best to prune your cherry laurel hedging in late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant.
A general rule of thumb is to use two cherry laurel plants per metre for a formal look, or three plants per metre for an informal look.
Cherry laurels are fast growing plants, growing 20-30cm per year and reaching heights of up to 8 feet in just a few years.
Cherry Laurel Hedges can reach a height of 4-5 metres depending on the variety of plant you choose and how you prune.
No, cherry laurel hedge plants are shade tolerant and will thrive in part to full sun.
Prussic acid poisons dogs and humans but also causes a lot more harm. Consuming cherry laurel can cause severe poisoning in horses, cattle, cows, dogs, cats or small animals.
The one distinction between the English laurel and Cherry laurel lies in their names. It's a single thing. Interestingly English laurel and cherry laurel are identical plants so it doesn't matter. They have often been interchangeably named to describe the same hedging plants.