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Great gardeners create landscapes with great bones—structural elements that give your-round appeal. Dwarf Cherry Laurel is perfect for doing just that. Its large, lustrous, evergreen leaves give substance and style to your borders during the growing season as well as in the depths of winter. Many like to use this Cherry Laurel as a hedge. Planted in rows, it will effectively define space and mark boundaries, but its compact size will prevent it from becoming overbearing. As a single specimen, it can supply valuable visual weight to beds and borders filled with more fine-textured plants. Superb!
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. This scaled-down version originated in the U.S. and has been around for decades. Slow-growing and densely branched, Dwarf Cherry Laurel stays small for many years, though it can eventually get fairly big in ideal climates.
Mid- to late spring brings an eruption of creamy white bottlebrush flowers. Dwarf CherryLaurel’s tiny blooms have a sweet fragrance that attracts pollinators of all stripes.
How to Grow
Adaptable and easy. Dwarf 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 Dwarf Cherry Laurel with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer if the plant needs a boost.
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