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Plant description:

This large shrub is one of the finest background and specimen foliage plants available. The leaves are magnolia like, thick, shiny and bright green, and it forms a dense, rounded crown. Bunches of small, white flowers appear in spring and are followed by purple-black berries which ripen in autumn. It has a slow growth rate while young, but grows much faster with age. It can be used as a hedge, but also makes an excellent tub subject.

Family: Rosaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: PRUN-us lar-o-ser-A-sus

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Botanical name

Prunus laurocerasus

Plant Care



Common name(s)

English cherry-laurel



This plant has thick, dense, green, magnolia-like leaves.

Uses in landscape design

English laurel makes an excellent tub subject. This is one of the best large shrubs for screening or for planting in the background shrub border in cold gardens. It can be used as a hedge.

Planting instructions

Planting: Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water regularly during dry weather and feed during spring to speed up the growth rate.
Pruning: Prune back hard in winter to control the size.

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Engelse lourier (A)

This plant has thick, dense, green, magnolia-like leaves.

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