Cherry Laurel

Prunus Rotundifolia

Cherry Laurel or Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' is one of the most common forms of hedging shrub in the UK. Laurel has large evergreen waxy leaves, used primarily for hedging and produces small white flowers in spring and red berries in autumn, however, it’s fast growing and almost suitable for every area and soil type.


Why is Cherry Laurel so in demand?

It is quite literally a flawless shrub that can grow quickly, it will take any position and just grow in just about any soil condition with very little care (if need be).

Due to Covid-19, there is currently huge demand for Laurel across the UK and further which has put extraordinary pressure on availability.

We plant and shrub source to meet all needs, phone us for an up to date price of the laurel you need today or send an email with your specifications.


Common Laurel Sizes

At the moment, with shortages of hedging, prices are on request.



How do we sell them?

Laurel is usually grown in pots or can be sourced in a rootball or bareroot in the late autumn and winter. Bare-root plants are only available from November to April. Root Balls are available from mid-October to mid-April.

So, what’s the difference between bare root and rootball?

Bare root Laurels are extracted from fields in late autumn to spring period, when the plants are dormant. They have no soil around the roots and therefore don’t incur the same costs for delivery as the soil is removed from the laurel roots. However, the laurel neds to b planted as soon as possible

Rootballed plants are also dug from the fields between autumn and spring and wrapped and distributed to order.

Why does the price change?

In terms of buying bare root plants, it is purely down to availability, when the supply becomes low, the prices rise so make sure you order yours early or at least put a deposit down for delivery later in the year.


Growing Laurel Questions & Answers

How fast does it grow?

Cherry Laurel growth rate is relatively fast at approx 30/60cm growth per year and is the reason for being the biggest selling shrub in the uk for hedging.

Where can it be planted?

Laurel can be planted just about anywhere in any soil however; it will perform best in loamy soil so planting with compost and well worked soil should pay dividends.

Although, it can be planted anywhere, in full sun, it maybe common for the leaves to become lighter and slightly darker green in full shade.

How should it be planted?

Realistically, the smaller the laurel the closer they can be planted but if you want to create a laurel screen or hedge then half a meter apart using laurels 4ft height or above should be fine. Any closer, once established, they will be fighting for root space and water. Planting larger laurel will give you a hedge far quicker and be less likely to fail (under 4ft).

If you need a team to come and plant the laurels for you, simply let us know and we will quote for the work (distance permitting).

What’s the Fail Rate

All Laurel that we sell will be in good healthy condition but it should always be noted that smaller laurel may fail to take up however, with a good planting process of improving the soil and using microrhizome funghi before you plant and watering regularly afterwards should reduce all odds. Click to read the planting tips.

Planting Advice

When Planting Laurel:

  • Prepare the soil by mixing in a good amount of compost / manure into the existing soil.
  • Dig the whole in excess of the size of the pots and fill the holes with water (and allow to drain away before putting the laurel in the ground. Make sure the Laurel has been soaked before it gets planted as the stress of the move will dehydrate it. Add microrhizome funghi to the roots and around the hole to aid the ground environment for the roots to grow
  • Water well during planting and throughout dry periods. Water directly to the base of the shrubs, do not water foliage during very sunny and warm weather as this may burn the foliage as it evaporates.
  • Water during the coolest time of the day, either first thing or last thing, never during the middle of the day in summer.
  • Make sure you keep the planted area clear of weeds and plants beforehand and continue to weed during the first few years of establishment.

How many do I need?

  • As a general guide three plants per metre in a single row is perfectly adequate for a new Laurel hedge, for faster results you could use 5 plants per metre in a double row for bare root Laurels and potted Laurel hedging up to 90/120cm in size.

How do i maintain Laurel

It should be trimmed to shape in spring or autumn however, laurel can be trimmed most of the year but avoid times of hard frost. If hard pruning, then early march at least one year after it has been planted.

As the leaves are large and waxy, hedgetrimming can make the leaves look tatty, you want the end result to look good so do it early and give them enough time to recover before summer.

Laurel hedging is resilient and be cut back hard if it is needed, just give it a water and feed afterwards.

Laurel is not the most suitable choice for seaside gardens or alkaline soil. Like most Laurel hedging species (other than Bay Laurel), the leaves and berries of Cherry Laurel are harmful if eaten.

Laurel Hedging in Winter – order our rootballs

Please note that there is a minimum order requirement of five plants for the extra tall root balls due to the specialised delivery required. Due to their extreme size and weight, these hedging plants may need special transportation and so please contact us for more information. These are generally larger laurel shrubs and are again primarily for hedging.

Our Main Hedging Prices

  • Cherry Laurel Shrubs

    Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia

    • Evergreen
    • Available in Pots
    • Ideal for Hedging
    • Prices for 60 - 80cm (2ft) Laurel start from



  • Photinia Shrubs

    Photinia Red Robin

    • Evergreen
    • Available in Pots
    • Ideal for Hedging
    • Prices for 60-80 cm (2ft) Photinia start from



  • Yew Tree Conifers

    Taxus Baccata

    • Evergreen
    • Available in a range of sizes
    • Ideal for Hedging
    • Prices for 60 - 80cm (2ft) Yew start at