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
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Sun/Shade: Partial shade
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or possibly more often in extreme heat
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: 6’ to 10’ over long term
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
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.