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Cherry laurel - plant, fertilize and cut

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If you want to plant cherry laurel, you have the choice between solitary or hedge planting. Read here what needs to be taken into account when taking care of the laurel cherry.

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The cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is an evergreen tree or shrub, which is popularly also called laurel cherry. It has medium to dark green, smooth and shiny leaves that look deceptively similar to those of the real laurel. However, the two plants with the similar sounding names are not related.

  • Family: Rose Family
  • Subfamily: Spiraeoideae
  • Genus: Prunus
  • Type: laurel cherry
  • Botanical name: Prunus laurocerasus

From April to June, upright, grape-like inflorescences appear on the ornamental tree, which reveal pleasantly fragrant, white flowers. Later, small drupes are formed that turn black until ripe. Even if the berries look so tempting: all parts of the plant are poisonous! The berries must therefore not be eaten.

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
Growth rate:15 - 40 cm a year
Height:200-350 cm
Spread:80-120 cm
Root system:Heart-rooting
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:normal garden floor
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Growth and growth behavior of cherry laurel

Extra tip:
The cherry laurel can be transplanted easily at any time.

The cherry laurel grows up to seven meters high and two to three meters wide. It grows medium to strong. Depending on the variety, up to 40 centimeters per year are possible. The plant is suitable for solitary as well as for planting hedges. It also thrives very well in the bucket.

Important:
Laurel cherries are so-called neophytes. These are plants of foreign origin, some of which reproduce freely and massively here. In the wild, the wood can even displace other native plants. In some areas, the laurel cherry is therefore already on the black list. In the garden you can keep the cherry laurel well under control.

Location and soil conditions

The cherry laurel prefers a protected location. It tolerates sun and penumbra equally well. Normal garden soil is also ideal because the plant does not have any special requirements for the soil.

Cherry laurel care

Caution: The fruits of the cherry laurel are poisonous when raw! - © Otto Durst - Fotolia.com

Pour cherry laurel

The bay cherry suffers from dryness. You should therefore water them regularly if it is not raining for a long time. Young plants also need a lot of water after being planted.

Fertilize cherry laurel

With a nutrient-rich soil, fertilizer is not absolutely necessary. However, you can accelerate growth by fertilizing in spring. Compost and manure, possibly mixed with horn shavings, are well suited. Blue grain also causes stronger growth. You have to work this fertilizer into the soil. Mineral fertilizer in liquid form is more convenient. In our article Fertilize cherry laurel - how it is done you will find more detailed information.

Cut cherry laurel

Shape and thinning cuts are important so that the cherry laurel does not overgrow. The laurel cherry is not sensitive to cuts. Therefore, you can cut back at any time, except in winter. You can cut woody branches to the ground. The wood then sprouts fresh again.

Overwinter cherry laurel

Most varieties of cherry laurel are largely hardy. In the bucket, however, the cherry laurel needs frost protection. Wintering in a cool, dry room is also beneficial.

Plants in the field can freeze some leaves in winter. But don't worry: the ornamental tree quickly recovers in spring and sprouts again.

Diseases & pests

The cherry laurel is relatively robust and largely resistant to pests. Only the chlorosis (a lack of iron or other nutrients) can be difficult for the cherry laurel. You can tell this from yellow to brown leaves. In this case it is important to improve the soil. You should then no longer use calcareous water for watering.

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