The cherry laurel is ideal for creating an evergreen hedge. Whether a small or a large garden – there is a suitable variety for every type of hedge.
Cherry laurels ( Prunus laurocerasus ) are one of the evergreen hedge plants that characterize the local garden and park landscape. Thanks to their good winter hardiness, robustness, and year-round leaf dress, they have firmly established themselves with us. Thanks to skillful breeding, varieties can now be found for almost every location and every type of hedge. We will help you find the ideal cherry laurel variety for your hedge – regardless of the garden and taste.
Cherry laurel hedges: the best varieties
As most gardeners know, not all hedge is created equal. In the case of pruning-compatible plants such as cherry laurel, a wide and tall variety can be trimmed into the desired shape, but thanks to the variety of growth forms of cherry laurel, the variety can also be easily adapted to the desired later appearance of the hedge. This saves you and the plant a lot of stress and also offers a lot of added value visually.
Greentech: This cherry laurel forms fairly slow-growing hedges up to 2.5 m high and 1.4 m wide. The leaves are glossy dark green and oval in shape.
Greenpeace: This easy-care, well-winter-hardy variety can be used to create high and wide hedges; Growth habits: up to 4 m high and 1.8 m wide. The leaves are serrated on the edge and are lush green and elliptical in shape.
Leander: Typical choice for planting a rather broad, bushy hedge. The variety is also well tolerant of frost.
Broad-growing laurel cherry ‘Otto Luyken ‘: This variety is the plant of choice when you want a low, broad-growing hedge or a ground cover; Growth habit: up to 1.5 m high and 3 m wide. ‘Otto Luyken’ is very hardy and has an increase of up to 20 cm per year. The narrow leaves are relatively small.
Linus: This variety is particularly suitable for free-standing hedges. So the plant doesn’t even have to be cut back; Growth habit: up to 1.2 m wide and 3.5 m high. The variety is hardy and vigorous.
Mano: This variety lives the dream of every bouncer because it is built as wide as it is tall; Growth habit: 1.5 m high and 1.5 m wide. So this variety can be wonderfully designed in combination with its good cut resistance.
Mari: If you don’t feel like pruning your hedge every year, choose the cherry laurel variety ‘Mari’. Heights of up to 2 m can be achieved.
Prudential: This variety is suitable for tall and slim hedges and is therefore ideal for small or narrow gardens; Growth habit: up to 3 m high and 1 m wide. The foliage is elongated and glossy medium green.
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Reynvaanii: ideal hedge variety for shady locations with very good winter hardiness; Growth habit: up to 3 m high and 2 m wide.
Renault Ace: Perfect variety for quickly creating an opaque hedge, even in shady locations near the forest; Growth habit: up to 3 m high and 2.5 m wide. The leaves are glossy dark green and elliptical in shape.
Column cherry laurel Genolia: With its upright, columnar growth, ‘Genolia’ is perfect for narrow but high hedges; Growth habit: up to 3.5 m high and 1 m wide. The leathery, narrow leaves are a strong dark green. In addition, the variety is well winter hardy and only weakly growing, which minimizes the maintenance effort.
Zabeliana: With the ‘Zabeliana’ variety, a particularly wind-resistant and wide hedge can be created; Growth habit: up to 2 m high and 5 m wide. The variety can also be used very well for planting areas and is extremely pruning.
But cherry laurels are not just ideal hedge plants. Even as a solitary plant in a bed or tub culture, in group or area planting, and even as a ground cover or underplanting, the evergreen plants do well if you know which cherry laurel variety has the desired properties. That is why we have put together a selection of cherry laurel varieties for you, which are characterized, for example, by their particular winter hardiness, rapid growth, or simply by a special appearance.
Tip: After choosing the variety, planting takes place. To guarantee good growth, you can give a dose of organic universal fertilizer with long-term effects in the planting hole.