Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’ – to screen

Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasis ‘Novita’ is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown primarily for its glossy foliage. It is an architectural plant which provides a year-round backdrop or hedge/screen.

The large leaves contrast nicely with the white, scented flowers which appear in spring which are loved by bees and other pollinators. These are followed by small berries that turn to a deep purple-black colour in autumn.

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Origin: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia
Genus: Prunus
Species / Cultivar: laurocerasus 'Novita'
Common Name: Cherry Laurel
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Did you know?

The leaves give off an almond scent when crushed!


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