Laurel Palm (Prunus Laurocerasus) Or Cherry Laurel

The cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) also called laurel palm, laurel almond or laurel Trebizond is a large evergreen shrub, which probably explains why it is also often chosen to create hedges around houses in particular. In addition, its habit is compact and bushy, which is positive to form a hedge.

Laurel palm (Prunus laurocerasus) or cherry laurel

Dark-green, oblong, leathery, glabrous, glossy leaves are 10 to 15 cm long and have a pronounced odor of bitter almond when crumpled. Rich in hydrocyanic acid, violent poison, the leaves are not used at all in infusion or to perfume the milk dessert creams.

White, fragrant flowers, 4-8 mm in diameter, form erect clusters 6-12 cm long in spring.

Blackish fruits at maturity, a little oval, fleshy and tasteless measuring just 1 cm in diameter appear later: they are harmless. however, the seed of the nucleus is toxic.

  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Type: shrub
  • Origin: Eastern Europe, Southwest Asia
  • Color: white flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: yes
  • Plantation: October to April
  • Flowering: April-May
  • Height: up to 8 m

Ideal soil and exposure for planting a palm tree in the garden

The cherry laurel needs deep, rich soil with preferably sunny exposure.

Date of sowing, cutting and planting cherry laurel

Seeding is done in autumn outdoors, in pots. Herbaceous cuttings are practiced in June and semi-woody cuttings from July to September.

The planting will be done between October and April while respecting a distance of 80 cm to 1 m between the feet if it is to make a hedge.

Advice of maintenance and culture of the palm laurel

The size is done either in the spring after the flowering, or in the autumn, in order to preserve the desired shape, and so that the plant remains compact. He does not fear severe heights.

Diseases, pests and parasites of cherry laurel

If the soil is dry, chalky and not deep enough, the cherry laurel may be affected by chlorosis (leaf discolouration).

Bullfinches, caterpillars and aphids are the enemies of Prunus laurocerasus.

Laurel palm (Prunus laurocerasus) or cherry laurel

Location and favorable association of the palm laurel

The cherry laurel is the hedge plant par excellence.

There are different species among which Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica' also called laurel palm and the leader of cut hedges, Prunus laurocerasus 'Green Carpet' at spreading port not exceeding 1 m high, Prunus laurocerasus 'Marbled white' with leaves marbled with white, Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifoli' also very popular for hedges, Prunus laurocerasus 'Zabeliana' with narrow leaves like those of the willow...

Video: Educational videos on nature (Cherry Laurel shrub) - June 2017.

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