Prunus Laurocerasus 'Genolia'
Laurel Genolia is a Swiss bred variety known for its upright, narrow growth. It has glossy deep green foliage and the leaves are a bit smaller and more elongated than those of a Rotundifolia.
Actually, it retains many features of cherry laurel such as while clusters of flowers and a dense glossy foliage, but requires little maintenance. It grows slowly and will easily form a screen when it reaches a height of 4 meters and a width of 1 meter.
Growing Laurel Genolia
Laurel Genolia is a low-maintenance shrub that makes an excellent hedge. It is hardy and known in Switzerland as ‘snow proof.’ It has compact growth, which makes it excellent for smaller gardens or where there is an issue with space.
Why you should grow a laurel Genolia hedge
Here are a few reasons as to why you should grow a laurel Genolia hedge in your garden:
- Grows into a compact hedge
- Produces a cluster of flowers in spring which attracts bees and other wildlife
- Ideal hedging plant for smaller gardens or where space is limited
- Pruning and trimming requirements are reduced significantly
- Hardy plant and widely known as ‘snow proof’ in Switzerland where it is native to
- Has deep green foliage which makes a beautiful hedge with just the right amount of thickness to provide lasting privacy
- Although it grows into a thick hedge, you don’t have to worry about overgrowths considering the fact that it is a low-maintenance plant
- The plant can reduce noise and pollution when it grows into a compact hedge. This makes the plant perfect for growing in gardens located near sources of pollution
- When grown under ultimate conditions, the plant can achieve a height of 4 meters, which is tall enough to provide the much-needed privacy to any garden
- The strength of the branches and twigs allow this hedge plant to be trained easily as a small tree
Where to grow
Laurel Genolia grows easily in moderately fertile and well-drained soil. This great hedging plant appreciates full sun or partial shade. As stated above, the plant requires little to no pruning. Actually, hard pruning isn’t necessary. In addition, it is a hardy plant and can do very well in cold areas.
How to plant
Laurel Genolia establishes quickly when grown well and under the right conditions. Follow these simple steps to grow your laurel Genolia well:
- Prepare the ground and mark out the line of the hedge using a garden line or string
- Dig a trench twice the width and a bit deeper as the height of the clod. Mix a small portion of the soil from the trench with manure. If the bottom of the trench has heavy soil, use a fork to break it. This is important in allowing the plant’s root system to penetrate and establish quickly
- Make sure that the top of the clod is a bit deeper than the ground surface. If the clod stands a few centimeters above the ground surface, remove some soil from the bottom of the trench
- Position the plant in the trench and backfill the mixture of soil and manure as you firm it down with your hand or feet. Make sure that the plant stands straight.
- After filling the trench, gently firm the soil once more to remove air pockets as well as to ensure that the plant is secure. Thoroughly water the plant.
- Use a thin layer of mulch to cover the planting area. This will also discourage the growth of weed and reduce the rate of evaporation
Water the plant thoroughly during the growing period, but don’t overdo it because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
The plant produces black glossy fruits that are poisonous, so make sure that the kids don’t ingest them
Spacing is very important when it comes to creating a hedge. If spacing is correct, Laurel Genolia will create a compact hedge in no time. It is recommended to plant two to three Laurel Genolia plants per meter.
Care & Advice
First, you need to grow Laurel Genolia in well-drained soil. The plant does well in moist but well-drained soil. So, you will want to make sure that you don’t over-water. You need to water the planting at planting time, during the first growing season and after it has fully established.
To maintain the deep green foliage and support growth of the plant, you will want to feed it with a slow-release fertilizer in spring. For laurel Genolia growing in containers, feed with a slow-release fertilizer. Make sure that you follow the application instructions in the label. Stop fertilization two months before the first frost date to avoid stimulating new growth that is likely to be damaged by the early frost.
As mentioned, Laurel Genolia requires little maintenance, and it requires little or no pruning at all. Hard pruning is not necessary. However, when you have to prune it, use lopper pruners to cut individual branches at a certain length.
- Hardy plant
- Deep green foliage
- Ideal for smaller gardens
- Forms a compact hedge
- Requires little maintenance
- Fresh plants from the ground
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Should I buy Laurel Genolia for hedging?
When grown under optimal conditions, Laurel Genolia can grow to form a beautiful hedge. The plant is hardy (it can grow under extremely low temperatures), which makes it ideal for cold areas. Most importantly, it grows into a compact hedge which can block noise and pollution, making it the perfect hedge plant for growing in highly polluted areas.
The fact that Laurel Genolia requires little maintenance means that you really don’t have to worry much about its appearance and size. Provided the conditions are right, it will grow into a thick hedge in no time. Once the plant is established, it will require minimal watering and fertilizer to maintain its dense evergreen color.
If you are looking for a hedge plant that will create an aesthetic appeal in your garden, then you should consider growing Laurel Genolia. For the best quality Laurel Genolia plants for hedging and advice, feel free to contact us.