Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’
Schip Cherry Laurel
One of the hardier laurels, the Schipka Cherry Laurel is stellar narrow hedge for a variety of climates. The shrub tolerates many different soil types and its relatively quick growth makes it easy to maintain without much of a fuss.
There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Schipka Cherry Laurel for your next hedge:
- Dense foliage makes for an excellent compact hedge or privacy wall
- Easy to prune and to maintain a clean appearance
- Grows well in shadier environments
- Stays evergreen throughout the seasons
This Schipka has smaller leaves than other laurels, so it creates a neat and clean shape when pruned.
The shrub grows up to two feet per year, so it can rapidly produce a tall and dense screen for privacy.
In the spring, the Schipka Cherry Laurel produces attractive stalks of aromatic white flowers.
With uniquely medium-sized and glossy green foliage, this laurel can create a pleasingly layered look.
As it doesn’t thrive under direct sunlight, this laurel grows well at the edge of a wooded area or in other environments with dappled shade.
The shrub was first discovered on Bulgaria’s Schipka mountain pass and was then given its name 'Schipkaensis'.
|USDA Hardiness Zones:||6 - 9|
|Watering Requirements:||Weekly, or possibly more often in extreme heat|
|Mature Size:||6’ to 10’ over long term|
|West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:||4 - 9 and 14 - 24|
|Pest/Disease Issues:||Long-term health generally unaffected by pests. Mites, borers and caterpillars are attracted to the laurel. Moderately susceptible to shot-hole disease, powdery mildew and root rot.|