The Laurel Common (Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundfolia) also know as Cherry Laurel is a popular evergreen hedge throughout the UK.
It makes for an excellent dense hedge, providing not only privacy but it also helps to reduce noise pollution, so make for a fantastic hedge when planted alongside a road side. They have large green, glossy leaves and produce fragrant white flowers if left untrimmed which are followed by red fruits that eventually turn black.
They like to be planted where they can take full advantage of all the sunlight, but can survive well in partial shade too. The Laurel Common loves all soil types, so long as they are moist but well draining. They can grow up to eight metres tall and can spread wider than eight metres, over a twenty to fifty year period.
We’d recommend trimming your laurel hedge in either the spring or autumn with either secateurs or a hedge trimmer. When it comes to planting your Laurel Common hedge, we would suggest planting them forty-five to sixty centimetres apart, so they can form that thick, dense hedge you require.