Why Buy Our Hedging Trees?
- Our hedging trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in the North UK which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only).
Cherry Laurel Hedging
Cherry Laurel is ideal if your requirements are for a fast-growing, windbreak, dense evergreen hedge. Its leaves, which are large, glossy, bright green coloured make for an attractive hedge. In addition it carries white flowers in spring and red berries during Autumn. We have found the growth rate to be between 30cm (1ft) and 60cm (2ft). Trimming in Spring or Autumn is recommended. Cherry Laurel is a very hardy species. being most suitable for planting at high elevations and will even grow in heavy shade. We do not recommend Cherry Laurel for coastal locations or alkaline soil such as chalk. A good choice for higher elevations. Do also note that the leaves and berries are poisonous if consumed.
Feel free to prune hard, even back to brown wood as Cherry Laurel will bounce back without issue.
Expect Cherry laurel to grow roughly 10m high x 10m wide if left alone. By that we mean left along with the pruning shears and not deep meaningful discussions with it.
A close alternative to Cherry Laurel is Portugal Laurel.
Benefits of using our plug plant trees
Our cherry laurel (prunus laurocerasus) hedging trees are sold as plug plants, in other words the roots are encased in compost. This means that planting can be carried out at any time of the year, provided they are watered in periods of drought, compared to bare-root plants which can only be planted during the plants normal dormant period (November to March). All of these trees are UK grown, which is important for successful establishment.
Pruning Cherry Laurel
We suggest using secateurs instead of pruning shears or hedge trimmers. This is because cut leaves will go brown on the edges and look unattractive. Better to trim further back on the branch. If the plant requires a heavy prune such as a reshape or renovation prune then carry this out over a couple of years.
How many cherry laurel hedging trees do I need?
We recommend planting 4 plants per metre using the double staggered hedge method.
Cherry Laurel Breakages
It does not happen often but sometimes the point of pruning can be a weak point, especially in very warm weather. On very young plants like the ones we sell, this can give the impression someone has knocked them and broken the upper shoot. This is perfectly normal and is not a plant defect. Either a new bud will grow or the lower branch will take over as the main leader.
Cherry Laurel Diseases
Shot hole is a common issue with most Prunus and is more an aesthetic issue than serious, in fact many nurseries don't actively treat it. It is a fungus issue caused by low sunlight and high water. Improving air circulation and reducing water will help. You can do this by pruning to allow more air and light into the tree, keeping nearby grass short and water the base of plants not the whole foliage.
Some of the leaves will have small holes in them as if blasted with a shotgun. This looks much worse on a younger tree as you can see more of the leaves with it but as the tree ages and more foliage is made then it becomes less noticeable. It is most likely that the next season will return intact leaves as it is weather dependent. Treatment is somewhere between a "waste of time" and "should do something" depending on who you ask. If you are not happy to wait for the next season then applying fungicide, copper or sulphur based treatments have been the historical approach to this problem.
What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Cherry Laurel Hedging
Alan, Sorry for the late reply but I have been very busy. The Cherry Laurel hedge plants arrived as promised and looked fine on arrival. I planted the laurel and they are looking absolutely fine. Nicky Passmore 1013
Just to let you know that following my call to you this morning, the hedging plants arrived this afternoon in perfect condition. I'm very happy with them. Thank you very much. best wishes,Marilyn Hansen 1012
Delaying Planting Cell Grown Trees
If you cannot plant straight away, take the trees out of the packaging and stand upright next to each other in a sheltered location outside. November to March, no need to water unless they start to dry out.
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
Second line of hedging or staggered row
We recommend planting the second line of trees 25cm or 10 inches away from the first if using the staggered hedging approach. Consider buying 10% more than you need and plant the spares elsewhere so you have immediate replacements for damaged or diseased trees.
For all hedging protection please view the Tree Extra section and if you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
You would think that thorny plants would put rabbits off from eating them however this is not the case. They are happy to take the pain regardless of the cost (sounds like rabbits would be suited to marriage)
Hedge Growth Rates
For information on rates of growth please click "Hedge Growth Rates"
Using Bark or wood chip mulch for hedging trees
Mice like to use this as a nest/home/holiday retreat and they eat the bark (especially Beech). Periodically check for damage below the mulch or bark layer. Alternatively use gravel or plastic sheeting as a method of keeping weeds.
Adding Fragrance And Colour To Your Hedge.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is a very popular addition to any garden due to the strong fragrance, splash of colours and interest it generates from other wildlife. Click the link to find out more.
Coastal PlantingFactors Detrimental To Cell Grown/Young Hedging Trees
Trees suitable for coastal hedging include Aspen, Hawthorn, Holly, Juniper, Rowan, Whitebeam and Willows.
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over 1000 trees can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057