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Dwarf Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana'

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Dwarf Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana') at Westwood Gardens

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana' flowers

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dwarf Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana') at Westwood Gardens

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana'

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana'

(Photo courtesy of Loen Nursery)

Height: 8 feet

Spread: 10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Other Names: English Laurel, Common Laurel

Description:

A smaller form of cherry laurel, tends to be wider than high; produces showy, fragrant, erect white spike flowers, black fruit and glossy dark-green leaves; makes a stunning hedge or accent plant, takes pruning very well

Ornamental Features:

Dwarf Cherry Laurel features showy racemes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are ornamentally significant but remain dark green through the winter. The fruits are black drupes displayed in mid summer. The smooth brown bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Dwarf Cherry Laurel is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Cherry Laurel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Mass Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Dwarf Cherry Laurel will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent Massing Screening Garden
Applications
Flowers Fruit Foliage Color Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features