Laurel Compact Hedging

Our smallest Laurel variety is perfectly formed looking neat and tidy all year. An indespensable plant for smaller hedges and ground cover, even in shade, on exposed planting sites and by the sea.

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Step 2: Choose Size and Quantity

Rootball Hedging

Beautiful bushy plants grown in our fields for several years, they are lifted in season (October-Early May) with the immediate root ball which is wrapped in hessian for protection. Strong plants giving instant impact at moderate cost.

Potted Hedging

We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.

Laurel Compact Rootball Hedging 2-3ft 60/80cm

  • Bushy

  • Plant(s) per metre: 2
  • Minimum order quantity: 10

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10 + 25 + 100 +
£32.39 £31.19 £29.99

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Laurel Compact Potted Hedging 10/16in 25/40cm

  • in 3 litre pots

  • Plant(s) per metre: 3
  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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1 + 5 + 25 + 100 +
£13.19 £11.75 £11.27 £10.79

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Product Information

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Compact Laurel hedging plants, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ is our smallest growing variety of Cherry Laurel that is perfectly suited to lower hedges of one metre or less in height. It also makes an excellent and very versatile ground cover plant that will grow in sun or shade.

For larger areas of ground this variety of Laurel can be trimmed to create a very formal and eye-catching ‘Laurel Lawn’.

Compact Laurel hedging plants have a slow rate of growth, from 10-20cm per year making this a very easy Laurel hedge to maintain.

Compact Laurels are worth considering as an alternative for a larger Box hedge, the smaller leaves will trim nicely to give a neat manicured effect.

Like all Cherry Laurels, ‘Otto Luyken’ has rich glossy deep green leaves that look great all year. In late spring masses of scented white flowers borne on upright candles emerging from the foliage. Later in the season the Compact Laurel plant will bear black cherry like fruits that are popular with foraging birds.

Compact Laurel hedges may be trimmed in Spring or Autumn to keep them tidy and shaped, the best time is either just before the new growth starts or at the end of the season when growth has finished, but before the onset of very cold weather.

Grow compact laurels in any soil that does not become waterlogged although if you have very thin chalky soil, we recommend the Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) as it is more suited to these conditions, or you could take a look at our list of hedging plants that are suited to chalky soil. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ is a very good plant for more difficult conditions such as exposed sites, shady situations and even by the coast.

We also grow a wide selction of other Laurel hedging plants including types of Cherry Laurel, Bay Laurel and the colourful spotted Laurel if you need larger growing varieties, all evergreen members of the Laurel family will make excellent hedges.

All of our Compact Laurel hedging plants are pot grown, despatched to you fresh from our growing beds. Because we deliver the plants to you in their pots they may be planted at any time of year and you don’t need to plant them immediately, just keep them watered until you are ready.

When planting a new hedge, we recommend preparing the site thoroughly and removing any perennial weeds that may be present. If possible improve the soil with some garden compost or well-rotted manure. If you aren’t sure where to start we have a useful How to plant a hedge page with full details, and we will send a printed copy with your order.

At planting time it pays to add bone meal as a slow release fertiliser well mixed with the soil and rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to give your new Compact Laurel hedge the very best start.

When planting a new Compact Laurel hedge, we recommend 3 plants per metre in a single row. For a wider and denser result, you could use 5 plants per metre in a double row.

If you require more information about our Compact Laurels or would like a tailored quote for a larger number of plants over £1000 please do give our experienced sales team a call on 01580 765600 or drop us an email via our contact page.

Delivery leadtimes update- March/April 2024

We are working at maximum capacity to fulfil all orders as quickly as possible but owing to unprecedented demand some orders will take longer:

– Orders containing only bare root plants – delivery is currently within 5-7 days

– All other orders – delivery is currently within 2-3 weeks

Delivery is free for most orders above our free delivery thresholds, these are displayed above our prices in the product listings and summarized below. If you don’t need that many plants it’s not a problem, you can choose to pay our delivery charge and only order what you need.

Delivery is convenient – no signature is required so you don’t need to wait in, we will leave your parcel in the safe place that you nominate.

Delivery is fast – because we pick orders daily from our own growing beds your plants only travel the small hop to our packing shed before being sent to you, they are usually delivered within 3-7 days.

Delivery is reliable
– we have been selling and delivering Hedging Plants to our customers nationwide since 1992. We have a lot of experience in packing them safely and only use tried and tested delivery partners.

Smaller Plants (Parcel Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £90£15.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £90Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£24.00

Heavy Plants (Pallet Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £420£72.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £420Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£72.00

Tall Plants 2.5m+ (Specialist Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUnder £1800Please call us
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £1800Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll ordersNot available

Exceptions to our delivery charges are Scottish Highland and Isle of Wight delivery areas where we need to charge a little extra to cover the cost of deliveries to these outlying areas. We don’t currently delivery to other offshore addresses including Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Tall plants over 2.5 metres have to be delivered by our own specialised transport, our delivery area is limited to mainland England and Wales only.

Please note there is a minimum order value of £50 for orders containing smaller plants and £250 for orders containing heavier plants

Complete delivery information can be viewed on our Delivery Information page

Laurel Compact Hedging Questions

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