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Prunus laurocerasus Etna (5L)


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Out of stock online – only available at the garden centre in a 5 litre pot.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: We don’t believe the height of our hedging plants to be of huge importance when we make them available for sale. In fact we trim all of our hedging plants several times a year to promote a bushy plant, that will be ready to form a decent hedge right away. Height isn’t everything – while a 2 litre plant could easily be 1m tall without trimming, this ‘leggy’ specimen wouldn’t be the kind of plant that you want for a hedge. A trimmed one with multiple shoots, will establish as a hedge much more quickly, and we therefore believe shape and bushiness to be real signs of quality, rather than current plant height.

A per plant discount is available for bulk purchases of Prunus laurocerasus Etna hedging plants. This discount will be applied in your basket if applicable (begins at 10+ plants).

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Product Description

Ideal height: up to 2.5m (ultimate around 5m)
Growth rate: 20-40cm per year
Position & planting: useful in tricky positions like shade
Perfect for… smaller gardens that require a dense screen

Prunus laurocerasus Etna, a variety of cherry laurel, makes a great hedging plant as it has a very dense growth habit and can be the solution for tricky situations such as shade or north facing positions – or near the coast like here in Cornwall. It can be kept well pruned and appear more of a formal hedge or can be left to its own devices for a more informal, bushy look. Plant around 1m apart or closer together for a quicker forming hedge.

Its dark, glossy green foliage starts out bronzed-orange when new, and this characteristic can therefore be enjoyed for longer if the plant is pruned back twice a year – encouraging more frequent new orange growth. It isn’t a rampant grower however and can look smart with a lower maintenance annual prune. It can be easily maintained at around 1-1.25m, making it a great one for smaller gardens.

In spring, spikes of scented, creamy-white flowers appear, attractive to bees and other wildlife, followed by the glossy black berries the cherry laurel is so well known for, in autumn (poisonous if eaten).