There are 5 key reasons why Cherry Laurel, sometimes called Common Laurel, or to use its tongue twisting Latin name Prunus lauroceraus Rotundifolia, is the UK’s top selling hedging plant.
- It’s an evergreen and exceptionally good at keeping its leaves all year round (all evergreens shed some leaves in winter)
- It has glossy bright green leaves so it lightens a dark corner and sparkles when covered in rain drops
- It’s fairly fast growing so it achieves a good height quickly – but then settles down and is fairly easy to maintain
- It’s produced in huge quantities by UK nurseries so it’s not expensive
- It’s available in all the 4 main root forms – bare root, cell grown, pot grown and root ball
Its only real drawback is that it’s fairly common (hence it’s name) and its leaves and cherry-type berries are harmful if eaten (by humans and animals).
This variety is just one of the wide range of laurel hedging plants available – there’s also Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica), Spotted Laurel (Aucuba), a dwarf form called Prunus laurocerasus Otto Luyken (it’s fairly commonly planted but few know its name), the gorgeous and luxurious (and edible!) Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis), one with bronze new foliage and a slightly more compact habit than the common variety which looks fantastic in a sunny position called Prunus laurocerasus Etna, and lastly an exceptionally hardy variety (suited to very northern areas and windy/exposed situations) called Prunus laurocerasus Caucasica. Take your pick!