Grown since the 16th century in the Mediterranean basin and Asia Minor, the cherry laurel adapts perfectly to different climates. Whether subjected to continental or oceanic climate, cherry laurel, sometimes called English laurel, disseminates and brings joy to its owners. In a hedge or as part of a flower bed, it finds its place in the garden and only requires a low amount of maintenance.

Of the Rosaceae family, cherry laurel, also called European cherry laurel, Laurier-armande, Common laurel or Cherry-bay, belongs to the same family as plum trees, peach trees and cherry trees.

Common facts on cherry laurel

Cherry laurel, also known as English laurel, is one of the most frequently used plants to form a hedge. Indeed, it is recognized as being very effective for noise protection, and its size is ideal to make it a good dividing element. Furthermore, its height varies between 16 and 20 feet. Its evergreen foliage is oval-shaped, each leaf being able to reach a length of 6 to 7 inches. In the spring, its appearance is enhanced by the appearance of white flowers. Cherry laurel grows well in different climates, but still a preference for sunny areas. Meanwhile, the sprouting of cherry-like fruit can be dangerous since they are not edible. Used in hedges, for flower beds or as a curtain of greenery, cherry laurel is also popular for its rapid growth. To get a nice cherry laurel, some maintenance tips should be followed.

A few maintenance recommendations

Cherry laurel is not at all a temperamental plant. In fact, it manages to grow on land that is not especially rich. This is still a sun-loving plant, since it naturally regenerates in southern Europe, where it is originally from. Planting should be carried out in autumn, and is completed by adding compost. From the arrival of spring, you can feed it with decomposed manure and, once winter comes, you can start pruning it. Do not hesitate with this last procedure, as it is necessary to optimize branching. It will be subsequently pruned in June or September. Pruning twice a year is a good frequency to achieve denser foliage. For this purpose, the use of clippers will be preferred to that of a hedge trimmer which could damage the leaves. To create a hedge, it is necessary to leave a 30 to 40 inch space between seedlings. If it isn’t trimmed, this shrub can reach 50 feet when planted on its own. Able to withstand temperatures of 5 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the hardiest evergreen shrub. Easily able to withstand the cold, it falls prey to aphid attacks. Their invasion can be controlled by spraying the plant with soapy water or with a mixture of water and olive oil, known to have nutritional benefits for the plant. Caterpillars, other enemies of the cherry laurel, will not survive this treatment. In the case of silver leaf disease, the only cure is to eliminate the infected branches and burn them. Proper maintenance requires that the soil surrounding the plant be of good quality. Simply stir up a little soil, and add to it a little sand, humus or straw. A cherry laurel’s maintenance is not necessarily restrictive, and good results can be obtained with minimum care.

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Published in Trees and shrubs by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011