Chestnut Hill Cherry Laurel
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For high-visibility areas of your landscape, only the best will do, and Chestnut Hill Cherry Laurel is a shining star. With clean, glossy foliage and a tight, compact habit, it can be easily incorporated into any of the more formal beds and borders around your home, and it will look sensational. Deep green leaves hold their luster all year long, painting a lovely picture in your foundation beds, entryway area, or patio plantings. Use it as a low hedge to define boundaries with elegance or employ a single specimen to give a bit of lush greenery just where you need it. Impeccable!
Cherry Laurel, also known as Common Laurel or English Laurel, is indeed related to Cherry Trees (though you can’t eat the fruit it produces). This large Accent is native to eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, ranging from Albania to Iran. Gardeners have valued it for hundreds of years as a useful hedge, evergreen filler, or even a small tree. Chestnut Hill Cherry Laurel originated at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum. It stood out for its extra-glossy leaves, small stature, and outstanding resistance to diseases that occasionally attack Cherry Laurels.
Mid- to late spring brings an eruption of creamy white bottlebrush flowers. Chestnut Hill CherryLaurel’s tiny blooms have a sweet fragrance that attracts pollinators of all stripes.
How to Grow
Adaptable and easy. Chestnut Hill Cherry Laurel flourishes in sun or shade, although it does prefer shade in hot climates. It isn’t terribly fussy about soil as long as it drains well, and it isn’t a water hog; in fact, it puts up with dry shade like a champ. A tolerance for pollution and salt spray makes it a worthy choice for urban gardens, and its resistance to deer browse means it’s a godsend in certain rural areas. Cherry Laurels are not heavy feeders. Fertilize Chestnut HillCherry Laurel with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer if the plant needs a boost.
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