The Portugal Laurel, Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ is one of our most popular evergreen hedging species, this versatile plant offers year-round privacy and is suitable for hedges of most sizes – from around 90cm up to several metres. This indispensable hedging laurel has received the Royal Horticultural Society award of garden merit (AGM) having been judged as an outstanding plant for garden use.
Portuguese laurel is the toughest and hardiest variety of Laurel, more so than Cherry Laurels and so we often recommend this variety for hedges in colder and more exposed situations. (Even then providing a little extra protection using windbreak netting is a good idea to begin with in harsh conditions).
Portugal laurels have deep green polished evergreen leaves that are oval shaped with attractive rhubarb red leaf stalks, we grow and sell the ‘Angustifolia’ variety that has smaller, neater leaves (quite like the Bay Laurel) and is the most suitable Portuguese Laurel variety for a formal evergreen hedge. It trims beautifully with a hedge trimmer or shears to give a neat tidy finish. Untrimmed plants will produce candle-like clusters of small white scented flowers that rise up from the foliage in early summer. These will develop into small red fruits, eventually ripen to dark purple and are very popular with the birds.
Portuguese laurels are easy to grow, they will succeed in both full sun and partial or full shade. They are suitable for any soil type provided it doesn’t become waterlogged in wet spells, (if you have a wet site we have a list of plants that are more suitable) this plant is the only member of the Prunus hedging laurel family that grow perfectly well in thin chalky soils (where cherry laurels tend to become pale and unhealthy).
We stock a complete range of Portugal Laurel hedge plants.
Potted hedging plants are delivered to you fresh from our growing beds in the pots that they have been grown in and there is therefore no root disturbance. These Portugal Laurels can be planted all year round and we usually have a great selection of sizes from small starter plants in 9cm pots right through to large bushy hedging plants up to 150cm or more to suit all hedging requirements and budgets.
Root ball hedging plants are larger and older plants that have been grown at an extra wide spacing in our fields for several years while being regularly trimmed to keep them bushy. These Laurel plants are lifted and delivered fresh to you during the dormant season from October until early May, the correct time for planting. They will arrive complete with the immediate soil and root system which is wrapped in hessian mesh to protect it, the hessian should be left on when you plant.
Our instant hedging is an excellent solution where instant effect is the primary consideration, we have a variety of options starting with younger trough hedges that have been trimmed at the sides and are fairly inexpensive, they will bring immediate landscape impact at a lower cost. Our larger trough hedges will bring a greater degree of privacy from day one and because they are all grown here on our own nursery they are great value for money.
For the greatest impact take a look at our Portuguese Laurel hedge elements, they are grown skilfully from younger plants for up to six years with a disciplined programme of formative trimming (the roots as well as the tops!) to produce a superior grade of instant hedging for a real ‘show garden’ look in heights up to 200cm.
How many plants do I need?
The spacing of plants for a new Portugal Laurel hedge depends on your budget, the size of the plants that you choose and how patient you are. As with all hedges, those planted closer will grow together more quickly and will be less prone to having the occasional gap at the base. You can plant further apart and still get excellent results, but it will take longer.
For smaller sizes of potted plants (up to 90cm), three plants per metre in a single row will give excellent results, for a denser hedge that develops more quickly you could use 5 plants per metre in a double row.
Larger potted and root ball hedging plants up to 150cm can be planted at 2 per metre in a single row (50cm apart), for a denser hedge plant a double row using 3 per metre (setting them 66cm apart in each row)
The largest plants over 150cm can be set at 1.5 or even 1 per metre (66-100cm apart) although at the widest spacing there will be gaps between the plants to begin with until they grow and fill out. Planting these sizes at 2 per metre is possible but it can be a squeeze!
Planting a new hedge can be a very satisfying garden project, if you aren’t sure where to start we have a useful guide that you can read on our How to plant a hedge page with easy to follow guidance on preparing the site and planting your new hedge. (We also will send you a printed copy with the plants when they are delivered).
We recommend using bonemeal and rootgrow when planting to give the plants the very best start.
If you have any further questions about our Portugal Laurel hedging or would like a special quote for a large quantity of plants please do give our experienced team a call on 01580 765600 or send a message through our contact page.