PRUNUS as a Hedgeplant
(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)
Some of the deciduous cherries like Prunus cerasifera and P. avium make quite pleasing hedges, but the most useful member of the family is the evergreen laurel.
Prunus laurocerasus (laurel) (E), 5 to 15 ft. A hardy and popular shrub with thick leathery leaves, which makes an excellent wind-break. It flourishes in almost anyand tolerates shade as well as full sun. Plant in October or April, 2 to 1-½ ft. apart, using if possible plants that are not more than 1-½ ft. high. White in April are followed by black fruits. Clip in April or July, ideally with secateurs to avoid slashing the leaves.
P. lusitanica (Portugal laurel) (E), 10 to 15 ft. Dark green, glossy leaves. The white flowers in June are followed by purple fruits if the long flower sprays are not clipped away when the hedge is trimmed in July. Trim with secateurs to avoid spoiling the large leaves. Plant in September, October or April, 2 to 2-½ ft. apart.