Cherry laurel Caucasica

Cherry laurel Caucasica

Cherry laurel Caucasica plants are lesser known members of the cherry laurel species and have very similar characteristics to those of the popular Common laurel. The hedging plant has deep green foliage color throughout the winter season and is medium hardy.

The plant is ideal for screening as it has lush evergreen foliage and dense habit. Great for problem sites, prunus laurocerasus Caucasica plants are particularly tolerant to pollution, deep shade and drought. Since Cherry laurel Caucasica can be quite wide and broad, it is most suitable for medium to large gardens.

Growing Cherry laurel Caucasica

Cherry laurel Caucasica is a low maintenance hedging plant and makes a beautiful addition to any landscape. The plant produces white fragrant flowers that attract bees in spring.  The flowers become red berries which turn black and are feasted on by birds, giving the plant wildlife interest

Why you should grow a Cherry laurel Caucasica hedge

  1. Provides all-year-round screening and privacy
    Cherry laurel Caucasica has large evergreen leaves which provide all-year-round screening and privacy to a garden.  The combination of fast growth rate, bushy growth habit and large leaves allows this plant to provide a dense, evergreen hedge quickly. The fragrant white flowers in spring attract bees and other pollinators while the berries that turn black in autumn are a favorite with birds. You can also trim Cherry laurel Caucasica easily to give it a formal and informal shape
     
  2. Creates low-maintenance hedges
    Unlike other cherry laurel species, Cherry laurel Caucasica is a low-maintenance plant. You don’t need to prune this plant as frequently as you may expect. Only prune in early spring and maybe some additional trimming in the month of September.
     
  3. Hardy, strong and undemanding
    If you want to create a hedge that will beautifully provide all-year-round privacy, then Cherry laurel Caucasica is the ideal evergreen hedge plant you should choose. It is medium hardy, easy-going, undemanding and eye-catching. Also, the flowers are more beautiful than other cherry laurel species. However, the plant requires a certain amount of space; therefore, it is not the ideal hedge plant for small gardens.

Where to plant

Cherry laurel Caucasica grows well in most types of soils and loves full sun to partial shade. It is also easy to grow and drought tolerant when mature. This is the perfect plant for windy areas and makes an excellent sound barrier when mature. The plant can also be used for pollarding and coppicing.

How to plant a Cherry laurel Caucasica hedge

Planting prunus laurocerasus Caucasica is generally straightforward, but you need to plant in optimal condition as this will affect how quickly the hedge will grow. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Clear the planting area
    Remove grass and other weeds from the planting area. Ideally, you should do this a couple of weeks before planting as these weedkillers take some time to work. As long as the weedkiller has dried up, it will not have any residual effect on your plants. Alternatively, you can use a garden fork to remove the weeds
     
  2. Dig the trench
    Dig a trench twice the width and about 1 or 2 cm deeper as the height of the clod. Break the soil at the bottom of the trench and mix in some compost manure. This is also important for roots to penetrate into the soil easily

    The most important point to note is that if the Cherry laurel tree can get its roots into the soil easily and quickly, it is likely to survive and grow to form a thick hedge; therefore, spending more time on ensuring that you are planting properly is essential for the long-term benefit of the hedge
     
  3. Place the clod in the trench
    Carefully place the clod in the trench, ensuring that the top of the clod is about 1 or 2 cm below the ground and not protruding above the top of the trench.
     
  4. Backfill the trench with a mix of compost and garden soil
    Fill the trench with a mixture of compost and garden soil and firm with your hand or feet around the sides to ensure that the clod is firmly placed in the soil. Water the plant deeply until it is fully established.

Tips

Water the plants regularly throughout the growing season until they are fully established

Apply a thin layer of mulch to the base of the plant in spring

Spacing

Cherry laurel Caucasica are fast-growing plants and should achieve 30 to 60cm a year, with a mature height of 1.5 to 5m.  For a thick hedge, plant 2 to 3 laurel Caucasica plants per meter.

Care & Advice

Vigorous, resilient and easy to care for, Cherry laurel hedge, require very little care, particularly when it’s already well established.

Prune the plants every year, in early spring or summer to promote new growth.

Even though Cherry laurel Caucasica is considered to be one of the most disease-resistant and sturdy shrubs, it might occasionally be attacked with parasites. Aphids and scales insects will try to settle in its rare and the damages are usually contained

The plant is also vulnerable to verticillium wilt and powdery mildew. You can use a Bordeaux mixture as a preventative treatment against the powdery mildew.

Advantages

  • Long-lasting leaves
  • Fast-growing
  • Hardy
  • Relative low maintenance
  • Produce white fragrant flowers
  • Great for hedging
  • Good nesting for the birds
  • We offer advice
  • We deliver fresh plants from the ground

Should I buy Cherry laurel Caucasica plants for hedging?

Cherry laurel Caucasica is a fantastic hedging plant. It maintains its evergreen foliage all-year-round and makes a great hedging plant. Being a low-maintenance plant, you only need to prune twice a year, and once young plants are established, you don’t need to water until hot summer months. It grows well in many types of soils and prefers full sun or partial shade.

So, Yes, Cherry laurel Caucasica is a great plant that you can use for hedging.

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