Cherry laurel 'Rotundifolia'

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' or cherry laurel is a great broadleaf evergreen plant that is ideal for hedges as it grows well in poor soil, it's very tolerant of shade and road pollution and it grows fast too. If you've tried and failed to grow a hedge before, then the cherry laurel could be your answer. It's easily trimmed into a hedge, but if left to grow untended it will grow into a tree around 6-8 metres in height. It has thick glossy leave that are dark green in colour, and you'll also get attractive fragrant spikes of white flowers that will bring bees and butterflies to your garden. Very easy to grow as long as the soil is well-drained, if you're planting a cherry laurel hedge, space your plants about 50cms apart. Cherry laurel is poisonous though, so it's not well suited to a hedge if you're fencing in animals as they may nibble on it.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Dense
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
Garden spaces
  • Shade
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years