Prunus laurocerasus, (cherry laurel, English Laurel) are evergreen flowering shrubs or small trees. Get facts and information on the best Prunus varieties for your yard and garden.
Prunus Facts and Information
Cherry laurel bears excellent, glossy, 6”, dark green leaves year round. It has clusters of perfumed blooms that appear in spring, followed by black fruits that attract wildlife.
Prunus laurocerasus varieties are often used a good formal hedges or as an informal hedge or screen with a naturalistic form, and also planted in masses or groups. Prunus make good choices for woodland and shaded gardens.
Origin: Eastern Europe and southwest Asia.
Hardiness Zones: range from Zone 6-8.
Light: They prefer partial to full shade but will also grow in full sun.
Soil: Preference to moist, very well-drained soil, organic soils but will also grow in salty conditions.
Best Varieties of Prunus laurocersus
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’- Is a dwarf variety with 4” leaves and abundant blooms. It grows 3’ high by 6’ wide and is often used as a hedge. One of the best pest resistant varieties available. Grows in dense shade and attractive to birds. ‘Otto Luyken’ has white blooms that open in April to May. May be pruned in spring after flowering to keep up a neat appearance.
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Zabeliana’is a fast growing densely branched dwarf with willow-like leaves. It is hardier than most other cherry laurels and can be used like a groundcover in shady areas.
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Nana’ is a small version of the species. It is often used for low hedging, garden edging, or facing down large leggy shrubs. It grows 6’ to 8’ high and wide.
P. Laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ is the hardiest cherry laurel. It has long, shiny green leaves and grows in Zone 5 with heights of 10’ and 7’ wide.