Laurel Etna is a glossy evergreen hedging plant. It is similar to Cherry Laurel in many ways, but this one is more compact variety, which makes it ideal for areas where common laurel is too vigorous. The plant produces upright racemes of creamy white flowers which are popular with wildlife. Since it is a slow grower than Cherry Laurel, it only needs to be trimmed once a year, but it will look beautiful all-year round.
Care and Advice
As we mentioned, Laurel Etna has a slower growth rate than common laurel, so you will only want to trim once a year to keep the hedge in shape. Hard pruning is not necessary. Use lopper pruners to cut individual branches at specific length. Also remove dead branches and leaves.
To support growth, it is recommended that you feed with a general-purpose fertilizer during the growing season. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label to ensure that you are applying it correctly.
You need to grow Laurel Etna in well-drained soil and water the plant slowly and deeply during the first growing season. Check regularly to ensure that soil around the roots is moist, especially when you have grown the plant in dry soil. You will also want to apply mulch to prevent water loss during dry or sunny weather.
Keep grass and other weeds away from young Laurel Etna plants. Apply a thin layer of mulch around the plant to control weed and grass. You should however make sure that the mulch is 10cm away from the trunk of the plant to prevent rotting.