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Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia is a handsome evergreen Cherry laurel. Its large evergreen leaves make a dense, attractive long-lived windbreak or screen. The plants make a wonderful hedge and can tolerate deep shade under trees and full sun. It produces small flowers on spikes in mid-spring, followed by poisonous Cherry red berries.

Growing Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia is medium hardy and easy to grow, but it’s not suitable for growing in very alkaline or seaside gardens. These plants grow at an approximate rate of 30/60cm per year.

Why you should grow Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

This is one of the most popular hedging plants in the UK. The foliage and growth habit are just a few features that make this plant a favorite hedging species. Here are more reason reasons why you should grow this plant:

  • The plants are available in different root types; including pot grown, root ball and bare roots
  • It creates a beautiful hedge, and with evergreen foliage and fast growth rate, it can provide a thick, lasting privacy hedge for your garden
  • The plants are adaptable, tolerant to full sun and partial shade, and will grow well in all types of soils except poorly drained or chalky soils
  • They grow into a thick, bushy hedge, but you don’t need to worry about being faced with an overgrowth because the plant is relatively low-maintenance. They only need trimming twice a year.
  • They can grow up to a height of 5 meters at full maturity, so you can grow them along boundaries
  • They have different uses-can be grown as a windbreak, for privacy or for ornamental value
  • They are also effective in reducing noise and pollution; therefore, they are perfect for gardens located near industries and busy roads
  • The bright-green leaves create an aesthetic appeal in your garden and reflect too much sunlight from your garden

Where to grow

Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia grows well in any soil with good drainage expect shallow chalk. It does well in full sun or partial shade. You will often see them planted under tree canopies. This is basically one of the best evergreen hedging plants for growing a hedge. It is hardy and can survive temperatures of about -15°C. However, the plant is intolerant to coastal exposure; therefore, don’t plant next to the sea.

How to plant

When planted correctly, these Cherry laurel trees will establish quickly and grow into a healthy, evergreen hedge. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. After preparing a strip of ground, use a piece of string or garden line to mark out the line of hedge
  2. Dig a trench twice as wide and the same height as the clod. Mix the soil from the trench with well-rotted organic matter. If the planting area has heavy soil, break the bottom and sides of the trench with a fork. This will allow the root system to penetrate the surrounding soil easily
  3. Check the trench to make sure that it is 1 or 2 cm deeper as the clod. If the clod is standing too high, remove some soil at the bottom of the trench
  4. Place the plant in the trench and start backfilling the soil mixture as you gently firm it down with your feet. Make sure that the plant is upright
  5. Once the trench is filled, firm the soil gently once more to remove any air pocket and ensure that the plant is secure. Water the plant thoroughly
  6. Cover the planting area with a thin layer of mulch to discourage weeds and reduce evaporation of water from the soil.


Water the screening plants thoroughly during the first growing season, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so don’t overwater the plant. Don’t grow in very alkaline soils.


Spacing is critical when it comes to creating a hedge. At the right spacing, Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia plants will create a hedge as they grow, eventually forming a thick hedge. Plant 2 to 3 Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia per meter to form a thick hedge within a considerable period

Care & Advice

  • Pruning
    Prune Cherry Laurel Rotundifolia in fall and in spring.The plant can tolerate heavy pruning. If you want to restrict the plant’s growth in a hedge, prune once a year in fall as sap descends. If you continue pruning in spring, the shrub will grow vigorously and more quickly
  • Watering
    Water is essential in getting the young plants established. You need to check regularly to ensure that the roots are moist. The light rain in summer doesn’t reach the roots, and windy conditions will increase the rate of water evaporation from the soil. You also need to check the evergreens through winter because they will be losing moisture through their foliage.
  • Weeding
    Keep grass and other plants away from the young plants. In this case, mulching will help in controlling the grass and weed, and also reducing the rate of water evaporation from the soil. However, keep the mulch 10cm away the trunk of the plants to prevent rotting of the. When planting, incorporate a lot of well-rotten compost manure in the trench and stake firmly

Common issues

The leaves of Prunus Rotundifolia may be affected by leaf spot and mildew. These conditions usually develop in autumn and spring, in humid or damp conditions. It is recommended that you trim away the affected leaves.


  • Evergreen
  • Wind tolerant
  • Hardy
  • Quick-growing
  • Grows in many soils
  • Can be kept at any height
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Should I buy Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia for hedging?

Being a fast-growing plant, Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia is the ideal plant for creating a quick hedge. The cherry laurel hedge plants are also fairly low-maintenance. You only need to prune twice a year for a beautifully shaped hedge.

Aside from that, they form a thick hedge which efficiently reduces noise and pollution, while offering just the right amount of privacy and screening to your home. If you are looking high quality and affordable Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia plants, feel free to contact us.