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 any soil and 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 flowers 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.

English: Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) W...

English: Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) We were unable to make up our minds at the time exactly what these flowers are, but recourse to the book afterwards suggests Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica). It does have the diagnostic pointed leaves as well as red stalks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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