Are you planning to plant a new hedge in your garden? Then you should definitely consider the cherry laurel. There are several varieties of cherry laurel. Choose for yourself which variety best fits the design of your garden. A cherry laurel hedge is not only particularly beautiful to look at: It offers you and your garden many other advantages. We would like to give you good reasons for choosing a cherry laurel hedge.
Wintergreen cherry laurel hedge
All varieties of cherry laurel are wintergreen. In addition, most of them are also well hardy. Do you want to enjoy a beautiful hedge all year round? Then a cherry laurel hedge is just the thing. The great advantage of a wintergreen hedge is the privacy it provides from the prying eyes of neighbors and passersby, even in winter. If you value your privacy and at the same time want to enjoy the sight of a beautiful hedge, cherry laurel is the ideal choice.
Cherry laurel hedges reduce traffic noise.
Many cherry laurel varieties have large, thick leaves. An example of this is the cherry laurel ‘Rotundifolia’ and the cherry laurel ‘Novita’. The large leaf has many advantages: After planting these varieties, you will have an opaque hedge relatively quickly. In addition, the large leaves also swallow quite a bit of traffic noise. You feel disturbed by a highway nearby? Then it is a good idea to opt for a slightly taller cherry laurel hedge as a garden border. Of course, such a hedge will never eliminate all the road noise, but it will dampen it excellently.
Cherry laurel: a fast-growing hedge plant.
Cherry laurel is known for its fast growth. You have chosen a cherry laurel hedge? Then you have chosen a shrub that forms a full, opaque hedge quite quickly. Cherry laurel varieties that grow very quickly include cherry laurel ‘Rotundifolia’ and cherry laurel ‘Novita’. However, the cherry laurel ‘Genolia’ and the cherry laurel ‘Caucasica’ are also known for their exceptionally fast growth: these hedge plants all grow about 40 to 60 centimeters a year. The Portuguese Cherry Laurel grows a bit slower, gaining 15 to 30 inches in height per year.
The Portuguese Cherry Laurel is also a variety that grows very slender in height. This makes this hedge plant suitable for smaller gardens. However, cherry laurel should be pruned once a year to maintain its beautiful, well-groomed shape. By the way, the same applies to the cherry laurel ‘Genolia’. While other cherry laurel varieties grow quite wide, ‘Genolia’ remains quite narrow. So even though cherry laurel is usually a fast-growing hedge plant, there are also varieties that grow more slowly. The varieties ‘Otto Luyken’ and ‘Zabeliana’ are good examples of this. Because of their slow growth, these cherry laurel varieties can also be planted very well in smaller gardens.
A cherry laurel hedge is well tolerant of pruning
Cherry laurel can be cut back very well. It will resprout even if the plant has been cut back to the old wood. For many garden owners, the fact that this hedge plant is easy to trim is a big plus. Do you want a narrow cherry laurel hedge with an elegant look? In this case, you should cut the plant twice a year. Of course, this does not apply to the cherry laurel ‘Zabeliana’ and the cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’, as they grow more slowly than other cherry laurel hedges. It’s best to prune your cherry laurel hedge in the spring, before the new shoots come up. You want your hedge to be a beautiful and well-kept sight even in winter? Then trim the hedge again in the fall in August or September.
Each variety of cherry laurel has its own unique charisma.
Do you like the slender, elegant Portuguese cherry laurel that gives your garden a decidedly luxurious look? Or would you rather have a robust cherry laurel hedge with large, fresh green leaves? Each variety of cherry laurel has its own unique look. What all species have in common is that their elegance and glossy, leathery foliage add great ornamental value to your garden. A cherry laurel hedge will suit most garden styles.
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