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Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

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Br 30-50cm
Pg 30-50cm
Pg 2-3L
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Br = Bare Root Plant, Pg = Pot Grown

    All prices include VAT at 20%.

Very dense, bushy, fast growing, evergreen hedge with very large, leathery, glossy, bright green leaves.

In mid-spring, upright spikes, up to 15cm (6ins) long, of white, scented flowers contrast well against the foliage and which are attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. Also the leaves have extrafloral nectaries on their undersides which honeybees are particularly attracted to. Cherry-like fruits which ripen to blackish berries in autumn. This variety will form a tall, wide, substantial hedge. Shade tolerant.

2-3 Litre pot plants will be supplied as Prunus laurocerasus 'Novita' - a very similar but more hardy variety.

HEDGE Prune with secateurs March, April or August. For hedges 120cm (4ft) upwards. Plant 45 - 60cm (18 - 24ins) apart.

SHRUB 5.2 x 7.6m (17 x 25ft).

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Laurel is available as:

Br = Bare Root Plant
Pg = Pot Grown

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.

Pot Grown Plants

These are normally sold in small 9cm wide pots, unless a different pot size is shown (where the pot size is shown in litres). Pot grown plants can be planted at any time of the year.


Pot Grown are generally available all year. Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Laurel in a single row between 45cm/18ins apart and 60cm/24ins apart:

Planting closer will mean the plants will grow together and form a hedge quicker, but requires more plants.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Laurel: Nip back growing points and prune only straggly or untidy shoots.

    • SKU
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
    • Keeps Leaves in Winter
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Damp Shade
      Suitable for Dry Shade
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      1.2m+ (4ft+)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      5.2m (17ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30cm (1ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Pot Grown, 30-50cm (12-20ins)
      Pot Grown, 2-3 Litre Pot
      Bare Root, 30-50cm (12-20ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Pot Grown
      Bare Root