|'Shipkaensis' is a dark green, narrow leafed cultivar originally from Bulgaria. It is one of the hardiest of the cherry laurels and can retain healthy foliage in temperatures down to -6 degrees farenheit. Height usually reaches 4 to 5 feet.
Prunus laurocerasus is a large, spreading
evergreen shrub with large, glossy, dark green leaves and a hardy constitution. The leaves are evergreen, simple, alternate, 2 to 6 inches long. The green to brown stems emit the typical cherry odor when bruised.
The species can grow to 18 feet in height under ideal conditions, and can spread to 25 feet. Generally it is kept more modest under cultivation; various cultivars have been developed. The leaves keep their color throughout
the summer, but it can lose some of its lustre in cold climates. The flowers are tiny, white and intensely fragrant, appearing in mid-spring. The fruits are inconspicuous, hidden amongst the foliage, borne in the summer. Often used as a hedging plant.