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.Important Info : Avoid excessive fertilization.
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Size: Height: 3 ft. to 8 ft.
Width: 4 ft. to 6 ft.
Bloomtime Range: Mid Spring to Mid Spring
USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Light Range: Part Shade to Full Sun
pH Range: 4.5 to 7.5
Soil Range: Sandy Loam to Some Clay
Water Range: Normal to Moist
WateringProblems : Creating a Water Ring
A water ring, sometimes called a water well, is a mound of compacted soil that is built around the circumference of a planting hole once a plant has been installed. The water ring helps to direct water to the outer edges of a planting hole, encouraging new roots to grow outward, in search of moisture. The height of the mound of soil will vary from a couple of inches for 3 gallon shrubs, to almost a foot for balled and burlapped trees, especially those planted on a slope. Mulch over the ring will help to further conserve moisture and prevent deterioration of the ring itself. Once a plant is established, the water ring may be leveled, but you should continue to mulch beneath the plant.