The Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundfolia or Laurel Common / Cherry Laurel as it is better known, is an evergreen hedge that can be found throughout the UK and is a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers.
It provides privacy to a homeowner and helps to reduce noise pollution, making for a great boundary hedge, especially along a busy road. It is able to do this thanks to its dense, thick foliage, with attractive thick, glossy green leaves. The Laurel Common will produce small, white flowers which are followed by red fruits that turn black eventually.
An area where there is full sunlight or partial shade would be the perfect place for this hedge to reside. They enjoy being planted in chalk, loam, clay or sand soil, just make sure the soil is kept moist but is able to drain water well, as they do not survive in waterlogged sites. Over a twenty to fifty year period the Laurel Common can grow wider than eight metres and up to eight metres high.
It’s best to prune your Laurel hedge either by hand or with a hedge trimmer in either the autumn or spring. To form that thick dense hedge you desire, we’d suggest planting them forty-five to sixty centimetres apart.
Our Laurel Common is available in pot form, which is a fantastic option for those of you wanting to create a hedge but don’t have time to prepare the site where they will be planted for some time. The laurel will sit comfortably in their pots, so long as they are well watered for as long as necessary, unlike their bare root and rootballed partners, who need planting as soon as they have been delivered.
If you have any further questions about our potted Laurel Common, please do get in touch with our friendly office team who’ll be more than happy to help.